#MarsWalk Day 260, 1616.7 km

#MarsWalk Day 260, 1616.7 km

I rode the State Fair — Liverpool — State Fair route again Sunday, contributing to a respectable 56.3 km for the week. If you don’t like kilometers, this week I finished my first 1000 miles.

I’ve left Hyblaeus Fosse behind. I passed pretty close to a 30 km diameter crater which is so far unnamed on Uwingu. For $500 you can name it.screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-9-20-06-pm


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#MarsWalk Day 253, 1560.4 km

#MarsWalk Day 253, 1560.4 km

Decent week with one short-ish bike ride.

Still among the cracks of Hyblaeus Fossae. screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-10-15-00-pmAnd in the big picture, definitely in higher terrain now. Covered a lot of blue territory but it’s pretty much solid green from here to the end.
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#MarsWalk Day 247, 1527.6 km… Drum roll please!

I did very little walking today, and even less with a pedometer on (0.9 km), but I rode my bike 9 km. I’m now at 1517.6 km… which by my reckoning (and Google Mars’s) is 50.0% of the way from Viking 2 to MSL!

That’s taken 247 days. If the second half takes 247 more I’ll be done May 15 of next year.


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#MarsWalk Day 246, 1517.6 km

Not a great distance week but not awful.

I’m making my way across Hyblaeus Fossae. Forty km or so to my west is an interesting, ah, whatever the opposite of a plateau is. I have no idea how such a thing forms.screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-9-19-30-pmIn today’s news, don’t go exploring Mars without a ukulele.


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#MarsWalk Day 239, 1483.2 km

#MarsWalk Day 239, 1483.2 km

Not a great distance week but not awful.

I’m making my way across Hyblaeus Fossae. Forty km or so to my west is an interesting, ah, whatever the opposite of a plateau is. I have no idea how such a thing forms.screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-9-19-30-pmIn today’s news, don’t go exploring Mars without a ukulele.


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20 MPH into the FUTURE

20 MPH into the FUTURE

So I finally gave in and got an E-ZPass tag.2016-09-03 14.52.11This was prompted by my drive from Gloucester to Plymouth last month. On my approach to the Tobin Bridgethought the signs said tolls could be paid only by E-ZPass or by scanning a Massachusetts license plate. Apparently I misread and they can scan any plate and invoice you, but instead I got off Route 1 and asked Google Maps to reroute me.

Paying an invoice would have been less annoying, I’d guess, but not by much. Anyway, I decided to get a tag. I drive on the New York State Thruway rarely enough (and use any other E-ZPass facilities even more rarely) that it’s not going to see much use, but there doesn’t seem to be any downside to having it in reserve anyway. You do get a small fare discount, and apparently I can apply for a larger discount because I drive a Prius.

Also there was that one time I inadvertently tried to go through the E-ZPass only lane, and that was an irritating experience.

Also also everyone else has an E-ZPass so I should too, right? Except I went through four toll booths today (twice onto the Thruway, twice off — for no reason other than to try it out) and at least twice there was a big line at the cash lane and no one in the E-ZPass only lane. Huh.

Gannon’s Isle does not accept E-ZPass as payment for end-of-summer ice cream though.

 

 

#MarsWalk Day 239, 1483.2 km

#MarsWalk Day 239, 1483.2 km

It’s been mostly a slothly sort of week, except for today when I logged 9.8 km, and Monday when I did 18.0 — about half of that on my bike, to and from the New York State Fair, and most of the rest walking around the Fair. The bicycling seems to be the only riding I did in August, for which I partly blame the ATM (conflicting with Cycle in the City) and the trip to Newport News.

Here is where I am as seen in the Themis Daytime IR imagery:Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 10.47.53 PMI tell you, climbing down into that ditch and out again was… well, would have been a challenge, if I’d done it in reality. That “ditch” is part of Hyblaeus Fossae, which is several hundred km of ditch.

I went right through the crater near the center of the top edge (on my way back from the Fair), which someone shelled out money to name Kenneth Holmes on Uwingu.

The same area as seen in the nighttime IR is interesting — most of the craters (but not Kenneth Holmes) are bright, and have bright “tails” toward the west northwest. Hyblaeus Fossae is (are? Is “fossae” plural?) bright too.Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 10.47.30 PM

Looks like maybe some darker, more heat-absorbing material has been thrown or blown out of these craters. In the daytime IR picture Kenneth Holmes looks less sharp-rimmed than the night-bright craters. Maybe it’s older, more weathered, and maybe the weathering scoured away the darker material? Or the crater was less deep and didn’t expose the darker material in the first place? I’m just making guesses here.


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