South Peak:
Where Are The Anomalies ?
Robert Botik
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 itself.
Keep you eyes open for more interesting photo NASA downloads as they become available at and happy hunting.

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