Originally posted by newagent89
The thing about these pictures is: if you apply the same true-color filter to a reddish image on earth, you get the same result: A bluish-white sky
and a more neutral ground. That doesn't debunk the occasional red sky or red environment here on earth. The reason that the sky is so brownish on
Mars is because so much of it is dusty. That plays a huge role in what the rover sees. Also, the wind storms there are quite frequent, more frequent
than tornadic events in a given area on earth. That is why dust is such a problem with the rover and not as much of a problem with solar panels on
earth. The dust has a ton of copper oxide particles in it and so many images are red. If the dust is down, the sky is more gray-bluish. These ideas
that because a filter makes the planet look habitable and thus there is a cover up don't hold up. Sounds like the speculation that the moon had a
ancient civilization living on it from the late 1800s.
But the wind isnt always kicking up the dust, if it was then the rovers would never get any sunlight onto their solar pannels becasue they would
always be covered with this dust. Even in some of the black and white images from these rovers you can see there is no dust blowing around. And in
some of the red saturated images, those also show no dust being blown around.
For example my first image I posted that is leaning to the left, which btw that is how NASA published it. Do you see any dust flying around in
I sure dont. And if there was, those rocks and tracks in the photo would not look so clear, they would be obscured by the blowing dust.
So in some of the images, not all of them, but some of them your not going to have red oxidized dust flying around. It is these images that we are
examining here. And just becasue it is only a handfull of images, that does not discredit the result from them just becasue on the rest, the wind is
blowing red dust everywhere and causes images to look red.
If you take one of those red images with dust blowing everywhere, and try a white balance on something white on the rover, the result would be is that
you would still see the red dust in the air in the image. Your next point of reference at that point would be to check the color chart tabs on the
sundials if it is in the image. If those still look red, green and blue after your white balance, then your close enough for a compensated image to
account for all that red dust.
Again not all of the images are filled with flying dust. And even NASA has stated that there are calm days on Mars.
Color correcting an image doesnt mean the planet is habitable. It is merely a thought, a question. And without questions, there can be no answers. And
if we dont question the answers, there can be no truth.
We are also not trying to redefine scientific analysis. This is merely experimentation, exploration and discovery. And if I wanted to take this hobby
out to the 11th million decimal point, then I wouldnt be spending my time in here at ATS, I would be hanging out at a university somewhere bugging the
hell out of some planitary geologist. The goal here isnt to overrun or outdo the tiny accepted realm of meanstream science, it is to explore on our
own and if it is close, perhaps it is good enough to intriqe some people to perhaps take another look, or even spark an interest in what NASA is doing
and maybe, just maybe that might help revivie the drive that NASA and the public needs to get the space program going again, and it also serves as a
good alternative to all this doom and gloom stuff going around. A healthy diversion never hurts anyone.
[edit on 11-12-2008 by RFBurns]