Originally posted by Mintwithahole.
I would not only like Obergs views on these pictures but also ArMap and Phage, after all when the moon buildings topic arises these pictures are
always put forward as evidence.
I know it's off-topic and I have posted about these images many times, but as it was asked politely and the
original subject looks like going nowhere, I will answer.
Those images are not real images, they are created "on the fly" when we ask for an image from those coordinates. What happens then is that the
server looks for the images needed to show the desired area from a group of images that were made with the original images and compressed using a
wavelet compression system, and I think the problem appears when areas that were not available for some reason and would show as black rectangles were
considered by the compression algorithm as part of the image, and it tried to compress the image with the black rectangle included, resulting in those
areas that look like they had both sides stretched over the area where the missing data was.
One thing that I find interesting (and one of the reasons I do not consider Skipper a trustworthy investigator) is that when he made that
"discovery" the original data used to create the Clementine browser was already available on-line (since 2002), and still is, for everyone to see,
at several PDS sites, like here
, where anyone can see the 203 CDs with
is one of those CDs and it shows the
area from the first photo on Skipper's site, and as you can see in the following image, made with the four images that are needed to recreate that
area, not only are the real images bigger, there are no strange polygons in them.
(click for full size)
The original IMG files have an even higher resolution, so the image cannot be uploaded to the ATS Media Portal, you can see it by clicking in
and choosing the "Original Size" button on the
You can also see in the image made with the original IMG images that they are made with several smaller images, some with a lower resolution.
PS: I think that there are better versions of this area, I chose the first filter available, I think it was the ultraviolet, sorry for that.