NASA moves Mars to Russia

    NASA is making significant efforts to popularize space exploration and its research activities. This is usually due to the fact that the state agency is interested in showing its successes to the public, that is, American taxpayers. Probably pretty much it is, but today's news gets out of this pattern.
    Yesterday it became known that NASA is launching two new directions on the Internet, which will be conducted in Russian.
    This is Twitter: HiRISERussian
    And Thumbr photo album:

    In this case, we are talking about the exploration of Mars using the spacecraft Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its high-resolution camera HiRise (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment).

    The satellite flies over Mars at an altitude of 280-300 km and removes the surface with detail up to 25 cm per pixel. In fact, this resolution is higher than that of the vast majority of satellites in Earth orbit. To date, more than twenty-five thousand images of Mars have been made and published ( carefully, stick to the site for a long time ). Despite this amount, the coverage of the images is only a few percent of the surface of the Red Planet, but now they are the richest material for studying the planet and just for the aesthetic enjoyment of unearthly paintings.

    Despite the abundance of information, this site is not popular with fans of Martian sphinxes, pyramids and other glass tunnels. The highest detail of the pictures leaves no hope for the discovery of any civilization like human. Canals, roads, walls, foundations, i.e. everything that is determined by aerial photography and satellite imagery on Earth is completely absent on Mars. And what seemed to be such in the pictures of previous devices, shows only the richness of the imagination of the “discoverers”. The skeletons of dinosaurs could also be found there, but the wild fauna did not leave any traces.

    Archaeologists and paleontologists on Mars have nothing to do, but the vast field of activity remains for geologists, planetologists and climatologists.

    According to the results of research, scientists make descriptions for satellite images so that everyone can understand what exactly he sees in the picture.

    The HiRise project is managed by the University of Arizona.
    The site HiRise project has several years HiTranslate , which is in cooperation with volunteers from different parts of the world, and translated into the various languages of the world of popular science comments to satellite imagery. Now the site already has French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Icelandic, Greek and Arabic subsections. Russian is getting ready, and it will turn out as enough materials accumulate.

    During the search for Mars-3I talked with the scientific experts of the HiRise project. They asked if I could find translators who would like to help implement the HiTranslate project in Russian. I threw the cry VKontakte. Several people responded, and now, after two months, NASA is starting to publish the results of their activities. I thought about asking for help at Habr, but, knowing how many English-speaking enthusiasts Mars is here, to be honest, I was afraid that the HiTranslate department would be paralyzed by the habra effect. However, if desire and willingness appear, write to them at the address indicated on the site or through me - in PM here or VK.

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