- Pathfinder Mission is officially over.
The processing of data will continue for years. Within hours of the wrap-up
press conference, NASA and JPL's Dr. Dr. Timothy Parker downloaded a series
of photos containing new images of South Peak.
- Here is a close-up portion from a 364k
file titled Twinpeaks_mono2.jpg/ It is the best shot of South Peak we have
seen in many months.
- According to Dr. Parker, "This view
of the Twin Peaks was produced by combining 4 individual 'Superpan' scenes
from the left and right eyes of the IMP camera to cover both peaks. Each
frame consists of 8 individual frames (left eye) and 7 frames (right eye)
taken with different color filters that were enlarged by 500% and then
co-added using Adobe Photoshop to produce, in effect, a super-resolution
panchromatic frame that is sharper than an individual frame would be."
- The most obvious that strikes the eye
with this 8 frame view is the sudden absence of the familiar anomalies
we have been watching in all distant shots of South Peak. Some have referred
to them as the "cluster," the apartments," etc. Secondly,
now dominating the field is the formation that has been referred to as
the "ski slope."
- So what happened to the boxy and silo-shaped
objects on the side of South Peak we have been eyeing all these months?
- To answer this to your own satisfaction
I suggest you download this fairly large file shown here and use the zoom
out in your photo processing program.
- Twinpeaks_364KB image
- As you zoom out watch carefully in the
"ski slope" area and what happens to our anomalies. Depending
on your system you may or may not be able to see the clustering the anomalies
pop up view. Now with low compression and near lossless techniques, it
appears the anomalies were never on this hillside but in the photo system
- Keep you eyes open for more interesting
photo NASA downloads as they become available at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/marsnews/
and happy hunting.