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Emily Lakdawalla @elakdawalla

Here's a picture I just put together from 3 images taken on sol (Mars day) 782, early in the morning, before sunrise. mastodon.social/media/q6ICpEC6

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It's very rare for to be awake before sunrise, because Mars nights are very cold and the rover doesn't have a lot of energy to spare and being awake means warming motors.

It was awake at this time to do a dry run of being awake the next morning to try to get photos of Comet Siding Spring as it passed by.

@elakdawalla That is so cool! Did we end up with any pictures of the comet?

@janellecshane Technically, yes, but they're not anything to write home about.

nasa.gov/jpl/mars-curiosity-ro

...I really wanted to "quote toot" this to do my reply, but I don't think we can do that here mastodon.social/media/zuOcHiG1

@elakdawalla Okay yeah, kind of have to understand the context on that one to be impressed.

I miss the quote-toot. But then I was really confused how to use Twitter when I first joined too.

@janellecshane Yeah. I know that I just don't get things and that I shouldn't make feature requests until I get things better.

That being said, I think if it were a bit more seamless to move between instances it would work better for me. I want a way to sync my profile across instances.

@elakdawalla MULTITOOT yes that would be nice I think.
Maybe there will be a plugin; I already have one that gives me black text on white bg.

@elakdawalla This is gorgeous! What's the native resolution on these images? How long does it take to transfer them back to Earth?

Answering Q from @nivex: octodon.social/@nivex/99001005

This photo is a mosaic of 3 images from the left Mastcam, which has a field of view of about 15 degrees across 1200 pixels. It's a color camera (Bayer color filter). These images were of low science priority so were returned to Earth with fairly high JPEG compression to decrease their file size. I downsampled them (made the images smaller) to hide some of the compression artifacts.

@elakdawalla WOW feels like being like there!

One day I want to see these images stitched into a VR experience (I'm sure it's done or being done but no VR rig here) 👽