posted on Feb, 17 2006 @ 04:25 AM
Thanks for the reply, I get your point, I think, but the article I posted and others I have seen in the past, if I have read them correctly, seem to
allude to the fact that in some of the images, the ones taken of the calibration target seem to be totally "off" and in others it seems to be, well
more or less the same as we would see with the naked eye - in other words, what the ordinary person would see if he were stood there on the surface. (
That was a looooooooong sentence!) I kniow that there is a dust element to be taken into consideration, but the larger panoramas all seem the same -
if there was dust in the atmosphere at the time the pics were taken, surely that would be reflected in the images - some more orange than others, but
that doesn't seem to be the case - they all seem to have the same caste to them.
Basically what I'm trying to say is that if, for example, i were stood on the surface of Mars with a consumer digital camera, I would take a picture.
That picture would then be written to a storage media - say Compact Flash. This image would be written in the form of data would it not? The data from
the card could then be sent back to Earth in the same way as the data is now - think I have that correct. We can do this with a mobile phone now -
take a pic and send it to the other side of the world - and this is with commonplace consumer equipment. I am not from the US, and obviously I pay
nothing in tax for their budget, so tell me to butt out if you like, but the people who are paying would surely like to see some pics which represent
Mars as we would see it if we were there. I do not in anyway claim that the data that is sent is more revealing to a scientist, but I still think that
even the guys at NASA would like to see it as we would if we were there. ( In fact they might do - this is a conspiracy site after all
) As for the
pretty pics thing, well good PR is surely an element that affects budgets is it not?
Still think, like Archangel, there's more that could have been done.
Thing just occurred to me as well - with a sound capability, we could have maybe understood the "carwash" on the solar panels a bit better as well!
I don't know what you think, but as I said as a species we are curious, and we are explorers and I think that for the money it cost, more could have
come out of it.