- Phoenix Mars Lander (image from JPL, not Mars)
- First black and white May 25, 2008 image of Martian
arctic landscape, taken from jpl-nasa NASA website. This is claimed to
be a "raw image before processing." But JPL-NASA doesn't say
just what the processing does. Surface is believed to be hard and with
little dust, since the spacecraft's foot did not settle into the surface.
- At 9:52PM on May 25th, 2008 there was a live NASA broadcast
from NASA-JPL. A woman named Gay Yee Hill was the moderator for the NASA
broadcast. What follows is what transpired on the NASA channel, about
90 minutes after the spacecraft landed. Statements shown in quotations
are exact quotes of statements made.
- One of the JPL engineers declared and I quote here verbatim,
"They have images at the science operations center in Tucson, but
we don't have them yet." Right after he said that, the live audio
feed for the on-screen video was muted to an almost inaudible level until
the images appeared on a wall television display at JPL. On this great
historic moment, WHY was there such a delay in JPL displaying these images?
It should have been essentially instantaneous.
- Several minutes later only a few images from Mars were
shown in this order: 1. Several images of the Phoenix solar panel array
2. One image of a circular foot pad supporting the Phoenix spacecraft.
This is very similar to the foot pads on the Lunar Lander or Viking Lander.
3. One image of the horizon.
- Were any of these images in color? Of course not. Lots
of hugs were exchanged at JPL on camera live in color between the staff...
while they waited for more black and white images to arrive from the
science operations center.
- Here in 2008, WHY are we still seeing MONOCROME images?
This is absolutely unforgivable to still be doing this trick. The color
images from Mars are obtained from a solid state camera, very similar
to a typical camcorder or cell phone which almost everyone owns today
(but much higher resolution.) Color information is already present in
Mars images, but clearly this was deleted for reasons not explained.
- The woman interviewing a project engineer eventually
asked, "Will we be seeing color images?" The answer was "Yes
indeed, we will be seeing color images [short pause here in his voice]
in the future." But she never asked why these images today were in
black and white today. Technically, there is NO reason for these live
images to not be in color except for one major reason - people will realize
that Mars isn't red after all, but it has a blue sky almost identical
to that of Earth (which I proved with NASA images in my book.) Color
image information is being sent to Earth right now, and there is no real
reason whatsoever not to show these historic, polar images from Mars in
black and white. Perhaps that's was "processing" does to Mars
images - it alters them look so they will look like what NASA thinks the
public expects to see.
- After about 20 minutes, the interviewer Gay Yee Hill
announced "JPL's part in the mission is now done, and they will be
handing control of the mission to the University of Arizona." The
NASA television special ended shortly thereafter. Images from JPL continued
but audio was completely muted
- What we saw today is a dramatic replay of the Viking
lander more than 30 years ago, complete with another image of the spacecraft's
foot and a view of the horizon. But those images broadcast more than
30 years ago from Mars were in COLOR. But not images in 2008! Who can
believe this nonsense?
- Data4science.net will continue to watch and report on
the drama, with more reports coming on this mission as they develop. I
exposed this very same censorship with the two rovers Spirit and Opportunity
back in 2005 with in my book, "What NASA Isn't Telling You About
Mars" (available from www.bookonmars.info .)
- One can only hope that the images we are seeing actually
are coming from Mars...and not from a stage somewhere.
- Ted Twietmeyer