I think it's time to put to rest that this is some sort of cosmic ray being caught with a camera. First, once one studies the makeup of the mast and
the position of the Nav-Cam sensors, it becomes obvious that the odds a cosmic ray was able to hover 10ft. above the ground and slam into the sensor
is NIL. Mostly because according to the picture, there's a large hill directly in front of the camera some distance away. That cosmic ray would've
slammed into IT long before reaching the mm wide sensor.
However, I also did some digging on those cameras and came up with some other relative information.
First, those Nav-Cams use Visual Light. Let that sink in for a second...VISUAL LIGHT. Are cosmic rays able to be seen using a visual light source?
NO. Cosmic rays aren't even in the vicinity of the visual light spectrum, because if they were, every single picture captured by those Nav-Cams
would be bombarded with cosmic ray light. They aren't.
Secondly, let's assume for one hot second that Cosmic Rays were visible in the visual light spectrum. Both Nav-Cams have band-pass filters which
wouldn't even allow for them to catch any residual light from any source...most especially from a cosmic ray. Those cams aren't DSLR cameras either.
Meaning that they do not contain the metal oxide semi-conductor chips which is necessary (along with very long exposure times) to be able to capture
cosmic rays in the first place.
Thirdly, while I agree that conventional cameras can and do capture residuals from cosmic rays...they do so on Earth only because the atmosphere is
stripping off particles which allow for certain cameras to catch residual light. This doesn't happen on Mars, so I can't for the life of me see how
visual light cameras on a planet with little/no atmosphere could catch any light source which isn't even in the visual light spectrum.
I don't know what the light source is, but it isn't from some cosmic ray gibberish. In fact, I haven't seen one image out of 65+ pages of google
images for cosmic rays that even come close to resembling the one in this thread. All pics of cosmic rays I have seen are the exact same intensity
from head to tail in the streak and they ALL go from side to side... not up/down. They also do not look as if the light is diffused as it is in the
picture here. As the light travels (seemingly) from ground up (brightest to lightest) the pixels become white, off-white, grey, dark grey. That
isn't consistent with capturing a cosmic ray.
Now...for those of you claiming that it's some sort of "missing packet info": That isn't possible with the computer program that the Nav-Cams
using. These are "tactical" cams deemed most important to the mission. They work in tandem with two onboard computers using "ICER". ICER is a
wavelet-based image compression file format used by the NASA Mars Rovers. ICER has both lossy and lossless compression modes.
ICER-3D exploits 3D data dependencies in part by using a 3-D wavelet decomposition. The particular decomposition used by ICER-3D includes additional
spatial decomposition steps compared to a 3-D Mallat decomposition. This modified decomposition provides benefits in the form of quantitatively
improved rate-distortion performance and in the elimination of spectral ringing artifacts.
Further reading on ICER suggests that it eliminates almost ALL picture artifacts and has no packet losses through deep-space channels. Read the
Wiki for further information on the subject.
While I continue providing facts to support my theory, others who won't be named think that they can just pop into a thread and claim "facts" and
then leave claiming a "debunk". When in FACT, the FACTS seem to support the exact opposite.
I'll await a response on how visual light cameras are able to take pictures of something that isn't even in the visual light spectrum. This ought
to be good...
edit on 7-4-2014 by Miniscuzz because: (no reason given)