View Full Version : Nasa rover Curiosity visits 'Scotland' on Mars

01-13-2018, 12:37 PM
Nasa rover Curiosity visits 'Scotland' on Mars (ARTICLE LINK) (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42608947)


Image: Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity is exploring
a part of the planet named after Torridon in Scotland.

Martian geological areas and features have been named by Nasa after places on Earth.

Several of the names have been taken from Scotland and, as well as Torridon, there is a Siccar Point, Muck, Wick, Sandwick and Holyrood on Mars.

Five years ago, a celebration was held when Curiosity reached an area called Glenelg.

Nasa chose the name Torridon due to the Torridonian Supergroup, a geological formation in the north west Highlands that contains some of the oldest evidence of life of any rocks in the UK.

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amish rob
01-13-2018, 12:39 PM
I hope he doesn’t get slashed with a broken pint glass.


Old Dryfoot
01-13-2018, 02:10 PM
So does the name Holyrood make anyone else think of the opening scene to Spielberg's 1941?

01-13-2018, 02:12 PM
I think Holyrood and I think nuclear subs.

Old Dryfoot
01-13-2018, 02:15 PM
I think Spielberg's sub was diesel. :)

01-13-2018, 05:00 PM
trying to find how far it has traveled, anyone know?

Old Dryfoot
01-13-2018, 05:34 PM
trying to find how far it has traveled, anyone know?

Not as far as one would think. 17.31 km (10.76 mi) as of August 29th, 2017.

Dave Hadfield
01-13-2018, 08:18 PM
A 2-day walk for a person; and no caring, far-ranging eye.

01-13-2018, 11:53 PM
Damn, Old Dryfoot - 10 3/4 miles in 5 1/2 years.. Speed Racer!

Wiki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curiosity_%28rover%29)

01-14-2018, 12:24 AM
it moves 3 inches in about ten seconds,

01-14-2018, 09:18 AM
No sheep. Can't be Scotland.

01-14-2018, 09:29 AM
I think Holyrood and I think nuclear subs.

Nope. Wrong side of Scotland. The subs are in Holy Loch up the Firth of Clyde. Holyrood is where the Scottish parliament is in Edinburgh.

Torridon on Mars doesn't look much like this..