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Re: JPL's Mars UFO - Balaskas

From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 00:31:14 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
Fwd Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 09:12:40 -0500
Subject: Re: JPL's Mars UFO - Balaskas

>From: Lan Fleming <lfleming5.nul>
>To: UFO Updates <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2004 14:57:33 -0600
>Subject: Re: JPL's Mars UFO - Ledger

>>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2004 11:41:16 -0400
>>Subject: Re: JPL's Mars UFO - Ledger

>>>From: Lan Fleming <lfleming5.nul>
>>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2004 12:09:11 -0600
>>>Subject: Re: JPL's Mars UFO


>>>That's not the only one. It looks like this Navcam image shows "UFOs"
>>>going every which ways:



>>I may be wrong but it's my uderstanding that The Soviets never
>>got a satellite to Mars. There is JPL's? Explorer that
>>disappeared back in the mid 90s. How about the Beagle II? Is
>>there any possibility that it just dropped ino the Mars' gravity
>>well and got captured due to a misfiring of it's propellants?

>I just read a post from Paul Anderson on the Cydonia List. He
>said that the image I referred to was a 5-minute time exposure
>and that JPL thinks the streaks were created by cosmic rays
>hitting the camera's CCD array.

Hi Everyone!

There are three other similar pictures taken with the Navigation
Camera on the Martian day Sol 067 that do not show any streaks
at all (see URL below)! From the times given for the first three
pictures, the exposure times for these three were much shorter
than the similar looking fourth picture with the streaks that
Paul Anderson says was a 5 minutes time exposure.


>That seems the most reasonable explanation to me. There are too
>many streaks for all of them to be satellites.

Where are the "cosmic ray" streaks in the first three pictures?

>With a long exposure, occasionally a cosmic ray will hit at a
>low grazing angle, creating a streak rather than a dot -- and
>there are a lot of dots on that image that probably are cosmic
>ray hits, too.

There are just too many long streaks to be easily explained as
cosmic rays with low grazing angles hitting the detector. Also,
one would expect that the metal(?) camera casing around the
detector would shield it from all such cosmic rays with low
grazing angles allowing mostly cosmic rays entering from the
front lense that would form the many bright point-like images.

As for the other pictures taken by Spirit during daylight hours,
what is that large object on the far rim of Bonneville crater
that is reflecting sunlight as if it was made of polished metal?

This artificial looking object with a shape like the letter V
(or two giant white rabbit ears!) appears in both pictures below
which were taken a day apart and at different local times and
Sun angles. Are there any plans to check it out from up close?



Does anyone know approximately where the Soviet Mars 2 and 3
landers came down on the Red Planet in 1971 (as I recall, Mars 3
stopped working after just 20 seconds), half a decade before the
two much more successful U.S. Viking landers?

Nick Balaskas

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