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Originally posted by gift0fpr0phecy
I've seen mars through a telescope. It looks red-ish to me. I know it isn't blue.
Cool pictures, Zorgon.edit on 18-11-2010 by gift0fpr0phecy because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Rhadamanthus
I really don't understand why they just can't take normal pictures like everybody else does on earth.
Originally posted by Montana
Thanks for writing. The answer is that the color chips on the sundial have different colors in the near-infrared range of Pancam filters. For example, the blue chip is dark near 600 nm, where humans see red light, but is especially bright at 750 nm, which is used as "red" for many Pancam images. So it appears pink in RGB composites. We chose the pigments for the chips on purpose this way, so they could provide different patterns of brightnesses regardless of which filters we used. The details of the colors of the pigments are published in a paper I wrote in the December issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets), in case you want more details... All of us tired folks on the team are really happy that so many people around the world are following the mission and sending their support and encouragement... Thanks, Jim Bell Cornell U.
Originally posted by ArchAngel
What is the closest to a true color image available now?
Originally posted by Kano
The ones NASA is releasing, basically.
Originally posted by thesneakiod
reply to post by zorgon
Nice. Why though do NASA portray mars as a red planet?
Originally posted by something wicked was judged to match into the passion of violence in the same way Venus is seen from Earth as blue so evoked different moods.
Originally posted by zorgon
HOWEVER if you adjust the colors in the images to where the blue chip LOOKS like a blue chip to our vision, how then does the rest of the images so adjusted not reflect what our eyes would see?
That's possible, it happens all the time.
Originally posted by muzzleflash
You are not understanding it seems.
No, I never spoke of IR cameras, now you are the one not understanding.
You keep going on about IR cameras and such, but you fail to realize that Earth humans, 99% of us whom pay taxes into this boondoggle, wish to know the truth.
You don't need to play with the colours, you just need to understand what the photos show and understand that using the wrong colours for the red, green and blue channels of an RGB image will not show you a natural looking image.
And if playing with the colors cannot give you a decent 'true color' photo from these over priced uber cameras, than why not take a 30$ normal camera as well? Since we the public paid for it, and since we deserve and seek the truth about Mars, we should be allowed to see basic normal photographs.
Do you mean one like this?
Also, lets say I posted a photo of my backyard on ATS, and the sky was red. Because I messed with the coloring and stuff right?
I am not defending anyone, I am trying to show is that the problem is that people do not understand what they are looking at and accuse NASA of faking the photos. They may fake them, but those colours do not prove it, and the fact that the scientists prefer to send cameras that will show the most data possible instead of just showing nice photos looks logical to me.
Now why would you want to defend a cult of charletans is beyond me. But suit yourself...