Friday, August 10, 2012

Hoaxes and Mistakes

It's amazing the number of mistakes or hoaxes you can find on the internet. For example, a number of people posted this panoramic view of Mars saying that it was from MSL Curiosity. Close, but no cigar: the solar panels are a dead giveaway (MSL Curiosity is nuclear powered). This panorama is from Opportunity and was taken over a period of time from 2011 to 2012.

Another picture started circulating today and has been debunked by the Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait. No, this isn't a stunning view of Jupiter, Earth and Venus from the skies of Mars. This is a view generated in a planetarium program.

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