Hi all .. me again ...
I was looking at some of the Mars pics from this set Sol 1984
I noticed something that is possibly wrong with the rovers wheels.. so I started a thread
Whilst going over this particular set of images I noticed an odd black mark in the top left corner of one of the pics.. and as you'll see in the
other thread I made mention of it there as part of the question to if the Spirit Rover has got some problems.
Well, I left that as it was and carried on looking at the pics of Sol 1984 and realised that this black mark is in several pictures, but not all..
Being curious as to what's happening i checked each photo again with a lot more care..
And I found something else that does NOT appear to be a problem with the Rover or the images... I hope someone here can shed some light on what it is
that I have found..
The images in question are the last three of the main set of images in the Sol 1984 set
And this one
So, let's be sure to establish that the black mark at the VERY TOP of the images is NOT the object I am refering to..
It is the less dark object below that in the sky that is rather well defined in the first image, fades out in the second image and is gone in the
Here are the first and second images zoomed in so oyu can also see how it has moved across the sky..
(center of pic, above horizon, below black mark)
(Has now moved to upper right of pic and has faded)
Going in a bit closer reveals the object a bit more but still does not clarify it any further but does leave an interesting question..
Zoom of first image
Zoom of second image
What is it? In all the pictures we have seen of Mars, i don't think anyone has ever spotted anything at all in the sky.. not even as an sun spot or
lense flare or anything like that.. and for a dark object in the sky to move and fade out rasies a few questions..
If there is a wind, what is light enough to be blown around like that that is not a rock, a lump of dust, a dried leaf, a paper/plastic bag, part of
the rovers balloon landing bags, grannies hanky??
If there is no wind, what could be on Mars that is not an insect, a bird, a plane, helicoptor, hot air balloon, swamp gas..
If it is none of the above then what camera defects could give this kind of image...
Or is it something completely different?