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Re: Mars Rover Finds 'Puddles' On The Planet's

From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 12:36:14 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
Fwd Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 11:27:28 -0400
Subject: Re: Mars Rover Finds 'Puddles' On The Planet's

>From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2007 22:47:47 +0100
>Subject: Re: Mars Rover Finds 'Puddles' On The Planet's Surface

>>From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2007 15:06:26 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
>>Subject: Re: Mars Rover Finds 'Puddles' On The Planet's Surface


>>Ron later speculated that the colour of the Viking Mars images
>>were made to look much redder because the greenish patches
>>evident on the Martian rocks strongly suggested to scientists
>>that plants were growing on them - all under a blue Earth-like
>>sky - and they "knew" this was not possible...

>>For further evidence as to why I believe that the original
>>colour Viking images were the correct ones you simply have to
>>look at the red, white and blue U.S. flag printed on the two
>>Viking Mars landers. The U.S. flag's colours look much closer to
>>the true colours when seen in the original images than in those
>>corrected reddish tinted ones.

>Doesn't the colour depend on the ambient illumination, which
>involves the scattering properties of the Martian atmosphere and
>the reflectance at different frequencies of the surfaces of the
>local landscape?

Yes, the apparent colour of the Martian rocks and other surface
features will depend, in part, on the ambient illumination but
is this ambient illumination on Mars really red? It is not. The
reflected light off the Martian surfaces does not contribute to
the colour of the Martian sky anymore than the green fields of
Saskatchewan make the prairie skies look green.

>If you see a blue car under a sodium lamp it might look like
>mud, and if (for the sake of argument) sunlight everywhere had
>that same narrow sodium emission peak then "mud" would be the
>"true colour" of all similar cars.

Just like the Earth, the source of light on Mars is the Sun
which is predominately yellow in colour, not red. Unlike Sodium
light, the solar spectrum is not limited to just two nearly
identical wavelengths of yellow light so your example is not a
valid one.

While living and working in the Middle East, I experienced many
dust storms ("weather" conditions that most North Americans are
not familiar with). Although the entire sky from horizon to the
zenith was red in colour, I could still see colours so that my
blue jeans still looked blue (not mud coloured) and the scare
green vegetation still looked green, not red under the red sky.

Of course, when viewed through narrow band red coloured
sunglasses, not from a reddish coloured sky, everything would
look red! This is the erroneous and misleading result NASA
produced, either intentionally or unintentionally, by playing
around with the colour filters on the TV monitors after the
first Viking lander images came in from Mars in 1976, a practise
that NASA (fortunately not other space agencies) continues to
this day.

>From a strictly objective point of view the "true" colour of a
>flag on Mars will be the spectrum it reflects in Martian light,
>not the one you may be familiar with. Does your theory about
>NASA suppressing the "correct" Viking images allow for this?

Martin, when you examine pictures of the Martian sky at higher
elevations taken by the two Viking landers in 1976, as well as
pictures taken by all other NASA landers, you will see that the
colour of the sky is NOT red.

This morning commuters from the suburbs driving to work in
Toronto will have noticed a brown haze low over the city. Like
the Mars landers pictures, if a commuter were to snap a picture
of the city skyline and send it to a friend who has never been
to Toronto, he/she may also come to the erroneous conclusion
that the colour of the sky over Toronto is brown! In fact, the
sky above the brown haze all the way to the zenith was a bright
clear blue colour.

Further evidence in support of my "theory" that NASA got the
colours all wrong comes from observations of Mars made by
astronomers on Earth and from the Hubble Space telescope.

Although the planet's surface has a predominately red colour,
just like Earth's surface when seen from space is predominately
blue in colour, it does exhibit seasonal variations in its
albedo and colour.

Past and present spectroscopic studies made from Earth and
spaceprobes have associated these periodic variations in Mars'
albedo and colour to the flow of liquid water which moistens and
darkens the soil during Martian summers. These studies have also
identified absorption bands that match those for chlorophyll
based vegetation like the green plants found on our planet.

If JPL staff did not make those colour adjustments to the first
images obtained from the surface of Mars back in 1976 (a few of
these "uncorrected" images did make it in magazines soon after
they were displayed live from Mars), I believe that man would
have already settled on Mars and become a multi-planet species.

The bluish Martian skies, the greenish plant-like patches on
Martian rocks and even the evidence of abundant flowing water
would have been too welcoming for mankind not to go there now.

Some others obviously had different goals and this may have led
to NASA's continued suppression of the truth.

Nick Balaskas

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