posted on May, 24 2013 @ 12:59 PM
Originally posted by Blue Shift
If you bump up the contrast a little, you'll see that it seems to change brightness levels at regular intervals, suggesting that it's rotating as it
Very neat observation. Something varying in brigntness with a fairly steady 2-second period.
The lighting conditions -- just before sunrise -- are consistent with a artificial satellite, and if VO-2 is the only candidate, it leaves the
identity 'undetermined' because VO-2's position in its orbit hasn't been measured for thirty years.
There are enough other transmitting satellites in orbit around Mars that the current path of VO-2 isn't of any scientific interest. But it still
might be cute to do a sky search at dawn or dusk to find it, if a few thousand images of empty sky wouldn't be too big a load on the transmission
The image is nine years old, was it released then, and not noticed? Was any attempt made to hide it?
Neat image and fine discussion. Again, ATS rocks.