Thursday, April 3, 2008

Mars Rovers "SPIRIT" & OPPORTUNITY Photos

SPIRIT AND OPPORTUNITY - Spirit landed at Gusev Crater on January 3, 2004 PST. Opportunity landed at Meridiani Planum on January 24, 2003 PST

NASA's twin robot geologists, the Mars Exploration Rovers, launched toward Mars on June 10 and July 7, 2003, in search of answers about the history of water on Mars. They landed on Mars January 3 and January 24 PST, 2004 (January 4 and January 25 UTC, 2004).
After the airbag-protected landing craft settled onto the surface and opened, the rovers rolled out to take panoramic images.
I acquired some of the following Mars Rover photos beginning in the early part of 2007 and have continued searching the newer ones as time constraints allow me. My preference is, of course, the PSP large file photos in JPEG2000 format from the HiRise camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), but I will post any good or great anomalies from all sources if and when they come to my attention.

At the bottom of this section there is a link to the Rover "Spirit" webpage where you can click on the "All Raw Images" links for Spirit and/or Opportunity photos. I am posting the ones that interest me the most and I hope that you will find them interesting also.

NOTE: Rover photo designations beginning with 1P were photographed by the Mars Rover "OPPORTUNITY".

Rover photo designations beginning with 2P were photographed by the Mars Rover "SPIRIT".

CREDITS GO TO: Rover "Spirit" - Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell

Rover "Opportunity" - Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Cornell/Ohio State University

#1P259139006ESF8900P2568R1M1.jpg This photo from Opportunity is from Sol 1475, from website:
It is similar to the Rover Spirit's photo #2P129469773EFF0327P2578L6M1.JPG from Sol 035 (whose website page is because of the circular porthole-like structure in both photos that is embedded in rock.
NOTE: The above photo taken by "Opportunity" on Sol 1475 was shown Sunday, 6 April 2008 on the TV program "SIXTY MINUTES" during the segment about Mars and the United States space program. The pearl-like round objects in the photo was the focal point regarding the possibility that these objects were created by a chemical reaction with liquid H20 on Mars. No mention was made about the porthole-like object in the photo.
The Spirit is on the other side of Mars, far away from Opportunity, and yet these 2 photos are very similar. At the time, Spirit was at Gusev Crater.
2P129469773EFF0327P2578L6M1.JPG (from SPIRIT) is the LEFT side of the "rock" that was photographed by the Panorama camera aboard Spirit. The RIGHT side of this "rock" is also very interesting and, in my opinion, the "rock" may be the home of very small beings. There are several filtered versions of this same rock with the porthole in the Spirit's Sol 035. In some of the photos of the right side of the rock, a glassy or crystalline material can be seen. In other filtered photos of that side, the glassy material has been either removed (broken off) or the filter(s) that were utilized have hidden the glassy material that was like a "bubble" over the rock. There are 6 pairs of photos of this rock taken by Spirit and are on Sol 035. There are several other photos of the same rock in Sol 036 but not as nice.

2P129554932EDN0329P2281L2M1.JPG is from Spirit's Sol 036 from website page: It shows the rock situated at the top of the photo and small pieces of material (probably from the rock) litters the foreground. It is the same rock as in Sol 035 but the creature in the porthole looks different due to the distance from the camera.
In the Rover Spirit's Sol 030 series, 38 out of 79 images show the Spirit's instrument tool arm extended in front and right up against the same rock in the images in Sol 035 and Sol 036 and the side of the rock in Sol 026. It is very evident that in each image of Sol 030 different filters are utilized to mask the crystalline appearing side of the rock, as well as the porthole at the front of it so as to eliminate any suggestion that there was a porthole or a crystalline-like bubble that covered a good portion of the rock.
In the first photo of Sol 030, 2P129025940EFF0327P2382L2M1.JPG, one can see that the crystalline-like material that is partially covering the rock is different than the ground material. One can also see that something has broken the glassy bubble that covered the rock as the hard rocky material is now showing, although the glassy bubble is cracked in many places, but still on. It is also evident that there are 'creatures' inside the rock, just below the crystalline material. The rock itself appears to be smaller than the Rover Spirit but not so small that the Rover could accidentally run over it.
One has to wonder what could possibly have motivated the NASA scientists to destroy the glassy covering on this rock, and thereby probably killing the creatures that lived inside. Perhaps they should have created a set of laws or Prime Directives to adhere to in the eventuality of coming across possible living Beings on Mars, no matter what type of residence the Beings are in OR THE SIZE OF THE BEINGS, in order to preserve life on another world, rather than allowing the Rover to move about like a bull in a china shop.
In this Mars Rover "Spirit's" photo of this "rock" you can see that the Spirit's tool and instrument arm is most likely working at breaking off and removing the glassy bubble covering that can still be seen partially covering the rock. This covering looks similar to cellophane wrap that is used to protect and preserve food and other things on Earth, except that the covering on this rock must be quite hard. It is easy to determine that the crystalline material of the "rock" is quite different than the ground material. There are outlines of 2 Beings within the rock who apparently have died or may have been killed by the Spirit's instruments.

2P129026033EFF0327P2382L5M1.JPG from website page: shows one good example of how NASA and associates are able to almost or completely obliterate all evidence of life on Mars through the use of camera filters. There are also other methods to hide that which they don't want seen. What is occurring in this photo is obviously one of the practice runs since it occurred not very long after Spirit landed on Mars.

2P129026095EFF0327P2382L7M1.JPG from website page: above 3 photos from Spirit's Sol 030 shows how NASA has quite effectively used filters to completely mask this rock so as to make it look as though there never was any glassy covering or crystalline material through which Beings could look through. At this point, NASA scientists probably know which combination of filters or which single filter can best hide the true objects and living Beings on Mars photographs. Now, in this photo, the residence or resting place for the Beings looks just like almost any rock on Earth. Good work, NASA and JPL!! Congratulations on covering up one of the Truths about Mars.
There are other photos in between these three in Spirit's Sol 030, but I think these say it all.

The first photo I discussed at the beginning of this section is 2P129469773EFF0327P2578L6M1.JPG from Spirit's Sol 035. It was photographed after the Rover Spirit's tool and instrument arm had done its work on the glassy covering on the rock. It also appears that at least one of the tools on the Spirit's arm has cut open the little pie-shaped creature that is within the porthole-like round object on the rock. The creature has a face with 2 eyes, a possible nose and a mouth. It is apparently dead. It is hard to say whether or not the cutting open of the creature can be counted as murder of an alien since it is the Mars Rover that is the alien and not the creature who is on its home planet. It is most likely a case of accidental death since how could the Rover know that it was cutting into a living Being who was on its own planet. The Rover has to be held blameless.
But, at the same time, the scientists who guided the Rover's actions had to have seen the Being and should have stopped the killing at once before the Being could be hurt. Unfortunately, the creature appears to have died in the porthole. I consider it a very bad start for Mars exploration and a terrible shame and waste of a life.

A closeup of the pie-shaped creature in the "porthole" in the rock. The creature's 2 eyes, nose and downturned mouth is on the upper half of the pie-shape. If you look directly to the left of the creature (it's right side) you may be able to see what appears to be a partially hidden humanoid face. showing 1 eye, nose and a mouth. A magnifying glass is needed.
From what I see in many of these rocks, it is my own opinion that diminutive life has been created/evolved on Mars and is living within hollowed-out rocks and other forms of protective residences. I also tend to believe that there is not just one type or size of lifeform, but many of different sizes and types on Mars that may be intelligent. `To what degree of intelligence? Someday, we will have the answer to that question.

2P129469731EFF0327P2578R5M1.JPG from website page:
This is also from Spirit's Sol 035. It shows both sides of the "rock" with the porthole-like object that contains the remains of the pie-shaped creature. On the right side of the photo there appears to be 2 Beings who are somewhat humanoid in appearance, although quite small since they can fit into this rock. The rock is dwarfed by the Spirit Rover and it (the rock) may have been bounced upon by the rover when it landed on Mars, bouncing many times inside its protective balloon before it rolled to a stop.
This is merely conjecture on my part, but it is a possibility since the occupants of this "rock" appear to have died, either by the glassy covering being broken, which let their atmosphere dissipate, or the Spirit's balloon bounced upon it, causing trauma and death.

2P128675394EDN0327P2555R4M1.JPG is from Spirit's Sol 026 from website page This could be the same rock as in Sol 035 and is from a side view showing the crystalline material but without the "bubble". Faces/heads showing. But it could also be an entirely different "rock" that just happens to look similar to the other one in Sol 035.


2P128675485EDN0327P2555R7M1.JPG is also from Sol 026 from website page: Same rock as the previous photo, shows the side view and there are faces/heads showing through the crystalline wall of the rock. This rock is dwarfed by the Rover "Spirit".



Opportunity :: Panoramic Camera :: Sol 1472
1P258855331EFF8900P2567L2M1.JPG from website page: This shows the round pea-like objects lying on the ground. Scientists haven't yet discovered the objects' origin or purpose, but I think that they may be insect egg casings or waste matter produced by insects or a higher lifeform. They could also have been formed from a chemical reaction taking place.

Opportunity :: Panoramic Camera :: Sol 028
1P130664189EFF0454P2574L7M1cropped.jpg was cropped from 1P130664189EFF0454P2574L7M1.jpg which is from website page:
I noticed many of those round pea-like objects in this area that Opportunity photographed. There are also faces/heads near the top of this photo, perhaps carved.


Spirit :: Panoramic Camera :: Sol 1499
2P259436181EFFAY00P2281L7M1.JPG from website page:
There is a larger rock in the foreground of this photo that appears to be porous. There also appears to be a face/head in the rock. See the next 2 photos for an up close version of the face/head in the rock.

2P259436181EFFAY00P2281L7M1A.JPG is a cropped version and is from the above 2P259436181EFFAY00P2281L7M1.JPG
I cropped the original photo for this closeup. See the next photo with the face/head in the rock in a reddish-brown frame.

2P259436181EFFAY00P2281L7M1B.JPG This photo has the Mars creature's face/head partly encased in the rock. I have framed the face/head in reddish-brown but you may want to compare it to the previous photo. I was drawn to this face mostly because it did not appear to have any other faces incorporated within the main face as there are in so many other faces/heads in the rocks on Mars. In my opinion, this is either a sculpture or an actual humanoid face/head because it is too perfect to be otherwise. One can only surmise at the size of the original rock that this 1 was a part of, and how deep into the original this face/head was embedded. The rock itself may not have come from this area.