posted on Mar, 28 2008 @ 05:00 PM
I enjoyed the OP. I myself thought it was an illusion. It would seem though that there are several anomalies. The skyline was particularly intriguing.
I can't fathom how remote the possiblities are for pixelation to cause a mirage of a city on a horizon. If it were pixelation one would assume the
same effects would materialize in many other pictures. How many other photos have you used to test the skylines? It's just very odd to see these
specific shapes and outlines to appear if pixelation is in fact the true cause. I'm also anticipating to see what else you are working on Johnbro.
As for the posts by vze2xjjk and rikriley, I am finding it hard to believe that these photos would be masked, and I tend to side with ArMaP. Yet,
it's fascinating when some of the pictures they filter reveal very distinct creatures. The screamer for one and the lizard. The illustration of the
screamer provided helped me locate what to key in on in the original photo. The reason it is hard for me to believe is the atmosphere, as far as
we're concerned, renders the planet uninhabitable. The atmosphere is too thin. That's not to say that the planet could not be home to appropriately
adapted lifeforms, but it seems highly unlikely considering how thin the atmposhpere and the planets lack of an electormagnetic field.
If this is true, then I find it strange that these images would only be "masked" and not altogether completely overlayered and covered by a false
landscape. I would think instead of secretly masking every pixel within these enormous photographs that they would simply cover the original image
with a believable landscape and keep the rover layered over the new believable image. If it were me I wouldn't leave a single trace and I would most
definitely take the easy route. That being to take a digitally rendered landscape and set it on top of the real image and place the lander on top of
the new image.
Again considering this may be true. The only way I see them only "masking" the terrain and the assorted biological creatures is if the terrain we
see is real. Then I suppose they would mask anything they didn't want us to see with the barren landscape we're so used to our monitors displaying.
In that case even if they did overlay the newly rendered martian photograph on the original, the masked portions would still contain hidden indicators
of the true photo. With that being said, I am by NO means a photo expert, nor do I work for NASA or know the real reason behind the anomalous portions
of any of the photographs. Don't let me get you down. All speculation here.
I remain reserved in my opinions of the true nature of Mars. My highest hopes are for a current abundance of life, which I doubt more than I believe.
I do however have faith that if there indeed are no conspiracies afoot, life will be discovered on Mars multicellular or not.