The Men Behind the Mars Photos and Their Stories..
Is NASA Being Pressured by 'ALL OF US' to finally start presenting some more 'acceptable' photos taken of Mars??
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<PhobosUK> I have talked a lot with the guy who is in charge of mars image acquisition at the ASU
<PhobosUK> he was solely in charge of images sent from Pathfinder etc
<PhobosUK> Noel Gorlick aka BAMF
<BUFOmary> 'solely in charge'?
<PhobosUK> he used to hang around the anomalies board
<PhobosUK> for ASU yes
<PhobosUK> he was responsible for aquiring the images
<PhobosUK> Michael Malin owned hardware so he too was a big name
<PhobosUK> but Noel was appointed by NASA to run the processing stage
burlingtonnews: <BUFOmary> and he feels assured of the photos given to him by NASA?
<PhobosUK> there was a big falling out between him and RCH
<BUFOmary> richard hoagland
<PhobosUK> its a long convoluted story :)
<BUFOmary> well i have 2 hours..smiles
<PhobosUK> but its also part of the origins of the station
burlingtonnews: this is data coming in now.
burlingtonnews: you may want to check out some of those names.
burlingtonnews: that should keep you more than busy
atlantictrust: where is this chat room
burlingtonnews: PhobosUK> it mostly started off with BAMF assisting Richard in porcessing images from Mars
burlingtonnews: this is our pioneer radio station chat room
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burlingtonnews: read the interaction section as to how to join the chat room.
burlingtonnews: <PhobosUK> Themus IR images
<PhobosUK> it was part of the origins of the "city under the dust" saga
<PhobosUK> Richard went on C2C to drop what he called his H-bomb
<PhobosUK> it had a long leadup to it
burlingtonnews: <PhobosUK> and people were anxious to find out what it was
burlingtonnews: <PhobosUK> the were lots of plots and subplots to this
atlantictrust: who is phobosuk
burlingtonnews: <PhobosUK> many c2c prequells
burlingtonnews: <PhobosUK> and claims and counterclaims
burlingtonnews: PhobosUK> eventually RCH made his anouncement on C2C that an underground city had been found
atlantictrust: what is c2c?
burlingtonnews: coast to coast
burlingtonnews: <PhobosUK> well when Richard made his anouncement Art let a caller ask RCH some questions
burlingtonnews: <PhobosUK> this was before the normal callin time
burlingtonnews: <PhobosUK> but it was a caller Art knew and felt it would add to the show
burlingtonnews: <PhobosUK> guess who the caller was
burlingtonnews: <PhobosUK> me
burlingtonnews: <PhobosUK> I too was part of this saga
burlingtonnews: <PhobosUK> Richard left it late before uploading his images
<BUFOmary> you have ALL my attention
burlingtonnews: PhobosUK> but it was enough time for me to do some digging of my own
burlingtonnews: <PhobosUK> I worked out a possible problem with the images
atlantictrust: i am connecvted
burlingtonnews: <PhobosUK> and mentioned it to Richard
burlingtonnews: PhobosUK> thing is there are a lot of people that didn't want Richard to mess up this time
burlingtonnews: <PhobosUK> well Richard was working a little too much on his own
burlingtonnews: <PhobosUK> and many were concerned that he may damange the image of anomaly researchers
burlingtonnews: PhobosUK> if he had big news they wanted to be sure it was watertight and not a setup
atlantictrust: you can stop feeding
<BUFOmary> that's understandable
<PhobosUK> I didn't have much time before the show, but I did find a potentially serious problem
<PhobosUK> I pointed it out during the show before things went too far but Richard dismissed what I said
<PhobosUK> he gave an explanation that didn't seem to add up
<PhobosUK> I let it pass as the show needed to move on
<PhobosUK> Later people wanted reporduction of the special images that Richard presented
<PhobosUK> Now the images were brought to the public by Richard and Keith Laney
<PhobosUK> then the story gets a bit more complex
<PhobosUK> they say that the image they aquired from the NASA website was switched after they downloaded it
<PhobosUK> and that several versions were then put up with a view to spoiling Richards anouncement and making him look bad
<PhobosUK> with the new images on the website nobody else was going to be able to reproduce the same results
<PhobosUK> Richard felt that Noel was behind the image switching
<PhobosUK> and even pointed out that Noel's handle BAMF had a meaning in computing
<PhobosUK> ie, BAMFING - the process of directing certain people onto special areas of a website that oothers don't see
<PhobosUK> He suggested that Noel had directed him to an area so that only Richard and Keith would download the images
<PhobosUK> complex stuff huh
<PhobosUK> The story goes on and gets more complex
<PhobosUK> but the bottom line is that what I said on the show turned out to be true
<PhobosUK> several months later this was proven
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<PhobosUK> the underground city was probably a processing artifact
<PhobosUK> but RCH could have been set up to look foolish
<atlantict> what is a processing artefact?
<PhobosUK> it's to do with processing compressed images
<PhobosUK> when it's done with thermal images you can introduce changes into a picture that look 3d<PhobosUK> Richard challenged BAMF to talk with him about the goings on live on C2C
<PhobosUK> but BAMF refused
<PhobosUK> he still talked in the anomalies chatroom
<PhobosUK> and posted on the bb
<PhobosUK> but wouldn't go on air with RCH
<BUFOmary> i have to quickly catch up on reading what i missed.
<BUFOmary> jut keep going...smiles
<PhobosUK> Richard was now starting to get attacked by people on his bullitin board
<PhobosUK> Keith refused to post the method he used to produce the image, and there were many accusations flying around
<PhobosUK> Richard hosted the enterprise website and board at anomalies.net
<PhobosUK> he changed his website so that the board members could not log in
<PhobosUK> and this caused friction between him and the people that ran anomalies
<PhobosUK> a row erupted which led him to pull away from anomalies
<PhobosUK> the person that used to run his board started up a internet based radio station "ZPR"
<PhobosUK> I was one of those that started up the station and ran the UK relays for it
<PhobosUK> after a year or so ZPR ran in to some difficulties and was shut down
<PhobosUK> the shows had gained some follwoing so Doug and I decided to offer a new station for them
<PhobosUK> that is how Pioneer was formed
<VortexQ> yep :)
<VortexQ> thanks Phobos
<BUFOmary> oh really..
<PhobosUK> Richard still had ill feelings towards Anomalies and anyone associated with it
<PhobosUK> whilst I pointed out the initial problem with the image I don't beleive RCH held that against me.
<PhobosUK> on other occasions I have provided info for him (eg. the blue sky image I showed you)
<BUFOmary> oh you provided that for him?
<PhobosUK> Richard has always been tough to get in touch with
<PhobosUK> well, after leaving anomalies Richard decided to make his new chatroom and board more commercial
<PhobosUK> he started charging people to use them
<PhobosUK> this put a lot of poeple off and alienated a number of his previous supporters
<PhobosUK> the split between anomalies and RCH still goes on
<PhobosUK> there is one show host that has got caught in the middle a bit too
PhobosUK> Gary Legerre aka Mars Revealer
hobosUK> he has a show "the marsian revelation"
<PhobosUK> RCH is his main guest and has been on quite a lot
hobosUK> Richard also promotes Gary's show on his website and has mentioned it on C2C
<PhobosUK> I have still heavily simplified detials
<PhobosUK> but that is the main gist of the story
<PhobosUK> there were others involved
<PhobosUK> there was one guy who was threatening to release details on the images if Richard didn't release them soon
PhobosUK> yes, he was receiving calls from Robin, Richards girlfriend
<PhobosUK> he went on air as well - Jeff Rense I think
<PhobosUK> he was on with Richard too
<PhobosUK> space catfish
<PhobosUK> that was the name he used in the board and chatroom
<PhobosUK> can't remember his real name
<PhobosUK> no the anomalies one
<PhobosUK> this is pre zpr and pioneer
<BUFOmary> is the info on the up and up that catfish has?
<PhobosUK> well he was certainly involved
<PhobosUK> apparently he was getting scared about mib types
<PhobosUK> phone taps and the like
<BUFOmary> who catfish..or rch
<PhobosUK> I forget the full details how he was involved
<PhobosUK> but I could probably track them down
<PhobosUK> a lot are probably still posted on the old bullitin board
<PhobosUK> later on, after the H bomb was dropped there was even division amongst the anomalists that wanted to show how the images came about
<PhobosUK> Ky and one other researcher were working on reproducing the same images
<BUFOmary> hmm..any results??
<PhobosUK> they found out how to do it and they fell out with each other over when it was released
<PhobosUK> ky jumped the gun and released the results to Jeff Rense who posted them on his website
<PhobosUK> keith used to process images for NASA
<PhobosUK> he is still involved in anomaly hunting
<PhobosUK> but he was not the only image processor
<PhobosUK> holger was involved too
<PhobosUK> he works in Germany
<PhobosUK> he was supposed to confirm the process before the images were released
<PhobosUK> Richard decided to release them without Holgers confirmation
<PhobosUK> so Holger was somewhat annoyed
<PhobosUK> all these names are still floating around
<PhobosUK> eg. Keith is currently working on the images sent back from Spirit
<PhobosUK> Holger too
<PhobosUK> there were many arguments here
<PhobosUK> eg. how deep could the orbiter look
<PhobosUK> Richard claimed it was able to look deeper than NASA were saying was possible
<PhobosUK> but errors were being made
<PhobosUK> I managed to correct a few
<PhobosUK> most of my corrections helped richards case
<PhobosUK> eg. I found proof that IR images can indeed find objects buried under sand
<PhobosUK> There were also errors made to do with depths
<PhobosUK> measurments were being used above an arbitary sea level
<PhobosUK> now there is no current sea on mars
<PhobosUK> but you have to have some level you call zero
<PhobosUK> that way you have meaningful altitudes
<PhobosUK> now some of the measurements for depths didn't take in to account that the cydonia surface is not at altitude zero
<PhobosUK> when you took that into account the real depths became more realistic
<PhobosUK> I also found that if you took a cyan separation from the city image the 3d aspect became even more obvious
<PhobosUK> this either meant there were indeed object there
PhobosUK> or that my initial suggestion (processing artifacts) was indeed correct
<PhobosUK> the way I saw it both possible explanations were plausable
<PhobosUK> I even went as far as to point out that there could be real object there that were natural in origin
<PhobosUK> the biggest problem was that the apparent structures were all parallel to the picture edges
<BUFOmary> did you see my work i did on the kivas
<PhobosUK> the biggest problem was that the apparent structures were all parallel to the picture edges
<BUFOmary> this is the site that richard contacted me about saying he felt i was onto something.
<PhobosUK> by chance that would be very unlikely
<PhobosUK> but when you have compression artifacts thats exactly the sort of thing you see
<PhobosUK> if you take a photo with a digital camera
<PhobosUK> and the light is poor
<PhobosUK> and the light is poor
<PhobosUK> you may notice some square/rectangular area that are very blocky in form
PhobosUK> the image that Richard presented had what he called "blockies"
<PhobosUK> these blockies were presented as an underground city
<PhobosUK> but because the object walls were parallel to the picture edges it made me very concerned about the possible cause
<PhobosUK> Richard doesn't have the same computer background that I do and might not be aware of this type of processing artifact
<PhobosUK> bottom line is a couple months later Ky and the other image processor found a procedure that produced an almost exact replica of the image that Richard and Keith presented
<PhobosUK> and in Kys example it was clear that the end result was just due to the way the image was processed
<PhobosUK> in other words it looked like the 3d objects were not really there
<PhobosUK> Personally the 3d aspect was new to me
<PhobosUK> but I the rest was very familiar
<PhobosUK> it's a shame as Richard has pointed out some interesting anomalies in the past
<PhobosUK> personally I think he is a very charismatic speaker and would have been really hand on Dr Stephen Greers team
<PhobosUK> let me paste you part of it
<BUFOmary> well you were posting it public...laughs
<BUFOmary> and i shared the posts with a few people..
<BUFOmary> I made a copy of the im if you want to look at it.
<PhobosUK> 'True colours'
<PhobosUK> However, mission scientists will have to perform further calculations before they can produce an image that shows Mars' "true" colour.
<PhobosUK> In a statement read out at the press conference by a colleague, lead panoramic camera scientist Dr Jim Bell said: "This image conveys the wonder, excitement, pride and
honour that goes along with this wonderful mission and the hardware that got us to Mars."
<PhobosUK> It's a fantastic image," added mission engineer Randel Lindemann.
<PhobosUK> However, the image shows signs of the correction process to get the colour of the Martian surface as close as possible to its true colour.
<PhobosUK> The normally blue starscape - or "meatball" - that forms the Nasa logo has turned a muddy red. And blue insulating foam surrounding cables on the lander has turned bright pink.
<PhobosUK> The rover's panoramic camera took the image looking in an east-north-east direction. It is a composite picture that is four original images wide and three original images tall.
<PhobosUK> now Dr Jim Bell ...
<PhobosUK> he was in communication with the guy I to yesterday
<PhobosUK> so this COULD be a reaction !
<BUFOmary> well i had something on it yesterday on
<PhobosUK> also I commented on delays and ...
<PhobosUK> Meanwhile, analysis of data from the rover has been delayed due to a storm in Australia that has disrupted communications between Earth and the rover on Mars.
<PhobosUK> Ground controllers sent a package of data to Mars overnight. This package was transmitted by a radio telescope in Canberra, Australia, because this dish happened to be
pointing towards Mars when the rover "woke up" on Wednesday.
<PhobosUK> well it's not just you and me mary
<PhobosUK> many people are noticing things and it looks like NASA are starting to react
<BUFOmary> and http://www.burlingtonnews.net/spiritmars6
<PhobosUK> eg. the nasa logo in the pictures should be blue but it is red
<BUFOmary> yes.. i think the combination of all of working together on this is really causing them to feel the heat
<PhobosUK> they will finally release images that reflect what a human would see - they finally see the need to do this<PhobosUK> its REDiculous that they havent alREDy done so :)
<PhobosUK> when the images they post have known blue objects showing as red then people naturally ponder over why
<BUFOmary> good..about time.
<PhobosUK> if a billion dollers are paid to get photos, then the images should not come back with redwashed
<PhobosUK> blue was completely lost in the pictures they posted
<BUFOmary> I TOALLY AGREE with this!!
<PhobosUK> also people were starting to see what good colour images look like from Mars Express
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