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The mars rovers are doing some incredibly cool things.
Curiosity has a massive suite of scientific instruments
and used as intended is still making discoveries today.
But beyond the instruments' intended uses there
could be really cool science that we just haven't
thought of yet.
the laser can be used to harden rock in a way
that will give it a new and scientifically interesting
profile when crushed? Perhaps the friction of one
wheel can be used to slowly heat an area and the
resulting interaction with the atmosphere would be
informative. How about using a communications radio
emitter to echo-scan something?
As a scientific novice I don't think any of these ideas
are helpful. But I'm sure there's a community of real
scientists that would slather at the opportunity (heh)
to find new uses for stuff we already have on Mars.
Detailed specs of the Mars rover would be publicized.
This set of $15,000 prizes would be awarded to the
most scientifically useful novel ways to use the
[not_morrison_rm, May 11 2014]
Curiosity Measures a Mountain's Gravity
[Voice, Feb 02 2019]
||Thought this was something to do with Coronation Street.
||Thought this was something to do with that dog-neutering post.
||(+)... but we mustn't let the Irish play with them.
||Can the spectral signature of magic smoke be seen from earth?
||I expected this to be about balloons which stop Number Six
from leaving The Village, and I am disappointed.
||// Detailed specs of the Mars rover would be publicized. //
||Such info is available for NASA spacecraftit's just not
necessarily compiled in a convenient location. Engineering
papers are available online on just about any imaginable
component or aspect of them. Just look in the references
section of a Wikipedia article to get started. Info on Russian
spacecraft is harder to come by, though. Not sure about
European and Japanese ones.
||Voice as regards you being a "real scientist" I think
your time spent on the HB has earned you a field
promotion. You could describe yourself as
scientistish, or scientisty.