posted on Nov, 2 2006 @ 11:39 AM
They're very pretty pictures but I don't think picture number two is some funky 2001 obelisk sticking up out of the ground.
Looking at picture one in your first link it's obvious this was a photo taken on the ground by one of the astronauts.
Picture two (from the second link) is a mapping photo taken from the lunar module. The module was not in stationary orbit but zipping around...and as
mentioned previously it couldn't map the whole moon only what was in it's orbit.
The Lunar Module pilot would take pictures over the same areas and then a large mapping photo was made by putting all the (or best) photos together
like a jigsaw puzzle.
What picture two appears to be (at least to me anyway) is a mapping composite. What your eye is seeing is a trick, your brain is trying to define
depth and place of the object.
But if you look at the picture as if your staring down at the surface of the moon, it becomes clear that the "obelisk" object is simply the last
composite shot of the area. The surrounding grey is the undeveloped photo paper (correct me if I'm wrong) because there were no corresponding photos
taken by the lander either due to time or orbit.
Edit to add: by surrounding grey I mean the upper whitish/grey area above and around the "obelisk".
This is still done with the mars rovers and orbiters and all mapping satelites from clementine to cassini.
SOmeone correct me if I"m wrong please.
But in my opinion 1 and 3 are pictures taken from the ground and 2 is a composite put together with pictures taken from the orbiting lander module.
Nice pics though.
[edit on 11/2/2006 by Spiderj]