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Last night, a friend of mine showed me a 360-degree panaoramic HD video of Mars as taken by the Mars rover. AMAZING AND GORGEOUS! Apparently, NASA didn't release it, but others (using stitching software) created this video from HD photos. Did I mention this is FROM MARS!

EDIT: Here's the original that Megan showed me last night. It's an even better panoramic video, and this one doesn't have crappy music. GO NOW!

(Note: Turn on full HD quality and turn off sound. Egad, who picks these soundtracks?)



And in other falling-toward-planets news, here's a video that examines the physics of falling cats. Ever wondered how they always land on their feet... without continuing to spin after they rotate feet-down? This is GREAT!



Science = LOVE

Chris

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nottygypsy
Aug. 9th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
MARS!!! AND CATS!!!
mckitterick
Aug. 9th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
Two great things that go great together!
clevermanka
Aug. 9th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
What I learned from the second video: I could watch clips of cats in parabolic flight for hours.
mckitterick
Aug. 9th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
I need to get a high-altitude airplane.
queenoftheskies
Aug. 9th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
I love the flipping cats!
holyoutlaw
Aug. 10th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
It's not the tail! Very surprised at that.
scarlettina
Aug. 10th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
Rovering
Just to be clear, the video is dated 2009--so this isn't from Curiosity; this is from Spirit/Oppy, especially clear from the bounce footprints pointed out as the video progresses. People seem to forget that we've been on Mars for a while now. Curiosity is awesome, but Spirit and Oppy got there first, and Oppy continues to do awesome work on the red planet.

And that cat video is AWESOME! :-)

Edited at 2012-08-10 02:32 pm (UTC)
siro_gravity
Aug. 10th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
WOW! on the link to the 360 degree panorama. That is so amazing!!

poor kittehs!! I know I was supposed to be watching the body-torcs, but it was more interesting watching their faces and what happened to their bodies when they landed. Looks like they have gigantic shock absorbers in thre somewhere.

Also, super nice tunes in the top vid. LOL!!
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