posted on Feb, 4 2018 @ 09:15 AM
a reply to: Archivalist
Photos of Sol 65
After looking through the closer of the ten shots from time stamp 22:22:46 through to 22:27:21 and playing them in sequence, the first six photos are
within 39 seconds of each and although they only zoom in a tiny amount, you can see a minute movement of the dot.
When it changes position with the zoom the dot only makes the most minute of movements, hard to see at just a glance or even if having a good look.
But when the camera moves it is significant.
In the 3 minutes 17 seconds between the sixth and seventh photos in that sequence, the camera moves about an inch taking the dot with it to its next
position on the bit of plastic. Again, a minute movement taking place with the action of the zoom.
Has to be a glitch with the camera as there are also other black dots on the same photos that move the same amount as the flea dot. Nasa really needs
to get these little camera glitches sorted out. Might be the difference between something or not something one day.
You mentioned before Archivalist, about the 2 megapixel camera, "I still fail to see the logic in - > $2 billion dollar rover - > 2 megapixel camera.
Sad". I 'THINK' the reason (if i remember right) for that was that they (NASA) were not to bothered about amazing HD quality or far distance views,
but wanted lots of pictures, and they were more interested in the middle to near view of the photos. There is also the matter of Curiosity storing
the photos on-board until they are sent back and the limited storage space (not sure how much).
Also there is the distance between Earth and Mars and the time it would take to send the photos back, and it can only send when the antennas can point
in the right direction. Here is a link about the Data Rates/Returns