It has been a touch quite around here lately, so we've been going over some interesting pictures taken during the first weeks of Curiosity on Mars.
Whilst the MSL team tries to sort out the kinks in Curiosity's computer systems, we all await the beginning of the long march.
So we took a look at exactly where Curiosity is going to end-up at the completion of that 2 year period. The pictures are stunning and get the
imaginative juices really flowing.
Here are two pictures as to where Curiosity is and where it is going:
Note that right by the 16.2km mark there is an ancient flow of some sort. This is a valley up which Curiosity is expected to travel some way. If you
look at the picture here
you will find the valley up which Curiosity
will travel on the left. At the moment (from this perspective, but not in the picture) the rover is on the extreme far right.
If you take a close look at the far-left of the above-linked picture, you will see this:
It is on the left of the valley as Curiosity will move upwards.
Now, even at first look this piece of rock seems oddly symmetrical... An even closer look began to open our eyes:
External view: files.abovetopsecret.com...
Here is an annotated version:
I have highlighted some strange and synthetic appearing points of interest.
1. Yellow - a strange 'boardwalk' sort of a flat structure, very well camouflaged, atop the main rocky structure. It is theorized that this is
propped-up by a number of weight bearing columns. the purpose of the walk-way is unknown. Suggestions include a walkway, some sort of energy device,
and piece of rock. Another suggestion is that the walkway is an access route to where the 'steps' are (at the top of the yellow annotation, veering
left). There is some evidence that at-least one deployed stealth array sits atop the rock.
2. Green - a very odd looking semi-hexagonal thing at the MRO facing vertex of the small mesa. It is interesting that in a different MRO picture the
object seems to be (or may be) in a different orientation:
(NOTE: The first set of pictures came about due to an urgent attitude change of MRO, which produced the oblique view of the destination (about 45
degree perspective), in the days after Curiosity landed. The latter picture was taken as part of normal MRO ops. We suspect that the earlier pic came
as a surprise and did not give the HLF's (Higher Life Forms) a chance to take cover and optimize the stealth arrays.)
The object highlighted in green seems to be sort of concave, perhaps an antennae of some sort. Mind you, it could equally be a symbol indication
something. We do not know.
3. Red - indicates what appear to be vertically opening doors. The one on the left is small, suggesting a purpose differing from that of the large
door to the right. Viewers with very good eyes will spot very odd things outside these doors, including hypothesized beings (2), and a parked
deployable stealth field generator (see '4. Pink dots').
4. Pink dots - indicates what appears to be a field generated by a parked deployable stealth field generator. Nearby a HLF approaches the craft (HLF
appears to be at the edge of the field). Another HLF stands outside the small open door (on the left, in red) watching. We have not annotated the
So MSL has a long way to travel just to enter the valley where it may find these objects of interest. There are more in the picture, but these are
just some of the highlights. For instance, on the larger door (on the right), there does appear to be a large triangular symbol, and in the shadowed
area of the small mesa, there may be a stealth array deployed. lighting conditions are such that is surmised, rather than confirmed.
Interesting finds are going to happen.
edit on 19-3-2013 by Blister because: (no reason given)