Where is the "Mushroom
In the summer
of 1999 I was going through some the old releases the were part of a 10 CD set where the
last image released in the set was acquired 18 months before that 1st day of
summer in 1999.
More on that
summer releases can be found here:
Now that it is
several years later and the MGS MOC is no longer in operation due to a software
error that exposed it's batteries to the sun and basically fried them. So
now we have the ESA Mars Express, Mars Odyssey, and the Mars Reconnaissance
Orbiter working in orbit, in addition to Spirit and Opportunity rovers on the
surface...at this moment, August 14, 2007.
But this page
is to repost the 1st images I found from that 10 CD release back on that 1st day
of summer in 1999 and also I have searched the PDS archives by longitude and
latitude a couple of degrees from the center of the image from the original image
where I found the weird and enticing "Mushroom Encampment" as I
named and called it.
I found 36
images I think and proceeded to download them all. I have NOT done
anything to these images other than open them in NASAView, do the requisite
image stretch, the scan lines from the imager are still visible, but so are many
interesting features. The first three images are from 1999, the others I
have cropped from the images found in the PDS archive. The image number is
part of the file name, one can simply google the image number and find the PDS
or MSSS page with the image and its' ancillary data.
I hope you find
looking at these weird and fascinating Martian landforms fun as I and so many
others do. It is why we humans are trying hard to get there, but taking
too loooong of a time to do it, imho.
Well that's it
for now. I have more images to go through...I've looked carefully at only
about half the 36 from around the "Mushroom Encampment" original
image. I will update the page when more are cropped and inserted here.