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An enormous enigmatic inverted "V" etched upon the Martian topography. However this object when rotated is quite clearly an enormous monolith with a more diffuse shadow trailing off from its
Ancillary data for MOC wide-angle image M03-00946
Image ID (picno): M03-00946
Image start time: 1999-07-05T20:32:32.90 SCET
Image width: 480 pixels
Image height: 480 pixels
Line integration time: 80.4800 millisec
Pixel aspect ratio: 1.05
Crosstrack summing: 1
Downtrack summing: 1
Compression type: MOC-NONE
Gain mode: 4A (hexadecimal)
Offset mode: 7 (decimal)
Longitude of image center: 70.61°W
Latitude of image center: 13.23°S
Scaled pixel width: 237.83 meters
Scaled image width: 115.19 km
Scaled image height: 119.21 km
Solar longitude (Ls): 165.66°
Local True Solar Time: 14.70 decimal hours
Emission angle: 3.47°
Incidence angle: 44.81°
Phase angle: 41.64°
North azimuth: 93.19°
Sun azimuth: 26.15°
Spacecraft altitude: 376.82 km
Slant distance: 377.45 km
The inverted "V" is confusing when viewed as orientated in the original image.
However, when rotated to orient the primary feature of the "V" to a vertical position (see inset in image above) , this "V" is more clearly an enormous monolith --- a great TOWER casting a long shadow over the Martian topography. In the inset this "Tower's" shadow is cast from the base of the tower backwards to about the "10 O'clock" position. The Tower's shadow joins the tower itself at its base, where the tower rests on the topography, as it should.
The Tower's shadow is quite clearly diffuse whereas the Tower itself has much more sharp boundary lines. The Tower's edges having a slight reflective quality to them, most evident where the tower and shadow meet..
The Tower's scale as seen from above, its horizontal presentation of its vertical scale due to the angle of the image, is an astonishing 6.3 Kilometers! The object itself is obviously considerably larger than this because we only see that portion of its which is inclined to the camera due to the angle of the image; the estimated height is only the horizontal translation of its vertical scale due to a 3 degree angle of inclination of the Mars Orbital Camera diverted from a straight down shot.
In the above first report image, you see black arrows and text pointing out what very clearly appears to be a dark tower of some kind with a bright light reflective top and casting a dark shadow on the ground just to the right and back of it. Note how the shadow length and width very closely approximates the tower size and radiates out from the tower base
As Apollo 8 orbited 70 miles above the lunar surface, with Earth in the background, it took images of the ground below. At one point in the NOVA program, a small, black object, tall and cylindrical, appears to be jutting from the moon. Just as it looks like the camera is about to pass by, the strange object seems to release a jet-like cloud. It can be described as appearing like a smokestack ejecting a puff of smoke. The “cloud” drifts to the right and then dissipates. Though the black object appears small on the screen, it would have to be hundreds or thousands of feet tall if it were indeed seen from such a high altitude.
Originally posted by Breifne
reply to post by GUNSINWAR
What do you think the white coloured part at the rim of it is I'l have a try, could it be a huge pint of Guinness?
Do you know if JRitzman has ever analysed these photos?
Emission Angle - emission angle at center of image. The emission angle provides the value of the angle between the surface normal vector at the intercept point and a vector from the intercept point to the spacecraft. The emission angle varies from 0 degrees when the spacecraft is viewing the subspacecraft point (nadir viewing) to 90 degrees when the intercept is tangent to the surface of the target body. Thus, higher values of emission anlge indicate more oblique viewing of the target.