John, Chile, Canary Islands discussed on John Bachelor


With Bob Symon that keeps the website behind the black from the surface of the planet Earth, we're going to the surface. Of the planet Mars perseverance. Bob, you give us a A tempting vision of where perseverance is headed is this ingenuity is idea is ingenuity now running the mission. I wouldn't say they're running the mission. But the picture I've posted them behind the Black was one of the 10 color pictures that ingenuity took on its August 15th 12. It's always 15th. Scouting flight that was with its 12 flight, and they released those pictures finally, and this was one of those 12 pictures. The pictures were actually a set of six done twice from slightly different positions. The rover flew out over an area called South and as it flew, it took Uh, five pictures, every 10 seconds or so And then it shifted sideways about 5, 10 m or something like that. Five M. And then it came back, taking another set of five pictures every 10 seconds. So the pick the color picked. This is in between black and white images. But the politics is, therefore give them the opportunity to get stereoscopic images of those five locations and the reason ingenuity did this is because the section South said they were originally not sure they could drive over there. And so what? You know what he's doing is giving them a very close three dimensional look now of the surface to see if the road we can go over and I think the road we could easily go over this. This is a lot much less harsh terrain. Then you see that curiosity has gone across and perseverance got better wheels and a better design. So I don't think they have any problem, but it will. Initially I think being cautious because it just started the mission out. What this picture shows is small ripples, lots of dust and some small rocks, pavement rocks and what they're going to use this information to plan a very precise route in advanced And probably go there. That's a really good thing, And it shows the genius of ingenuity. They did not have this for curiosity. And maybe that led to the damaged wheels that They've learned. Now we go now we go to an unhappy story. I've allowed one today. Just what this is about The 30 M telescope that doesn't have a home. The poor TMT Bob. The last time we checked, TMT was rejected by Hawaii for political events. Now it's rejected by the Canary Islands. Why, Bob? Well, okay, so they they want to build the TMT on monarchy here in Hawaii, and there have been protesters that have been blocking its bill because Of a variety of reasons that I'm not going to get into. But I just really a block but box and the government, the democratically controlled government in Hawaii, basically their mouth support the TMT, But their actions have been to support the protesters, so it's blocked. And so TMT is consortium that's building it, uh, that went out and talked to the Canary Islands where there is already One of the biggest telescopes in the world. That said, could we build one TMT there? And they originally said Yes, and they made a deal. But this was a backup site. Well, there was a lawsuit by environmentalists in The Canary Islands in the Spanish government saying No, no, no, You really can't do this. This is on public law preserves. You can't build a telescope there and, uh, the court, a local administrative court in, uh in the Canary Islands has ruled now know if that permit was invalid. You can't build a telescope here. If you had a commitment to build it here when you made the deal that may be so, But the fact that you were only using us as a backup, and you really would just use This is a political ploy to force Hawaii to say yes, well, that's not valid, and so the kind that permits gone so the Zion attempt has no place to be billed. As far as I'm concerned, it's dead. I expect actually, that the members of its consortium, we're going to slowly fade away into other telescopes, the giant Magellan telescope or the European extremely large telescope. Both have been built in Chile, which means that we will probably not have a ground based large telescope in the Northern Hemisphere and that's going to limit observation. The idea of TMT was to cover the Northern Hemisphere. The I really think the real solution is to stop building ground based telescopes at all entirely put him in space where you don't have these political issues and you won't be blocked by the thousands of new satellites that can go up very shortly. The very cool, very famous, very mysterious Asteroids. Psyche. What have we learned Bob? Well, they're using a different telescope in Chile, the Alma telescope, which is a radio array of telescopes. They have obtained very high resolution images of the metal asteroids safety. It's metal. They think this is a very high contact metal, which means it might be the core of a dead planet We have and we have a project going there. Probe going there in 26. It will arrive So I have a picture up showing its I its shape. It's not round. So this object. The large is below planetary size. It's an asteroid, and it's distorted and so the pictures there and they have an idea that there's questions about it. They don't really understand the data they're getting. They're going to need the psyche Probe to arrive and take a close. Look, John, that will answer the questions. It's an alien planet, Bob. Okay, fine. Finally back to Mars. What are we glimpsing? More cool pictures? Yeah, This is another cool picture on maws of what looks like dark material being blown about and like, call it plain. And it's just there's a mystery here, and it's just cool image, and I've talked to scientists about it, and they give me some answers. But they contradict themselves as well. John Psyche the deadline. The The viewing date is nine is 2026, so we'll get there and the solid.

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