Plant life or tree on Mars? Or fail? Mars “Gigapan” shows strange anomaly
What is “Gigapan”?
Gigapans are gigapixel panoramas, digital images with billions of pixels. They are huge panoramas with mesmerizing detail, all captured in the context of a single brilliant photo. Phenomenally large, yet remarkably crisp and vivid, gigapans are available to explore at Gigapan.com. Zoom in and discover the details of over 50,000 panoramas from around the world.
One upload in particular was from a consultant at NASA Ames, which had the following description:
“On Sol 1450, Curiosity widened his eyes and captured the entirety of the massive mounds of ruin on either side as he exited the main complex. This is perhaps the largest and clearest set of images taken in the area. The large one consists of 99 individual frames, the lower 53, for a total of 152 images compiled into this enormously beautiful and totally anomalous artifact-filled gigapan. You can literally spend days examining it up close and still not see everything inside. ”
An Anonymous Black Vault user submitted a find in this rather large set of photos. He claims the array captured plant life or a tree on Mars, and NASA released it without the rest of the images noticing.
Was this a mistake and does it actually capture a tree or plant life on the Martian surface? Or is this simply a glitch or a light and shadow trick?
This video was uploaded outlining the anomaly (Thanks to YouTube channel: The King of Magic ):
Here is a screenshot:
the original source
The original source above was uploaded to “Gigapan” at: http://gigapan.com/gigapans/192648 by Keith Laney. Consultant at NASA’s Ames Research Center.
Note from The Black Vault: Some doubt the legitimacy of this photo. I assure you, it’s real. I dug deeper and found the following information about the specific photo we are interested in used in this array.
This image was taken by Mastcam: Right (MAST_RIGHT) aboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 1450 (2016-09-04 01:15:16 UTC). You can download the source directly from NASA: https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/?rawid=1450MR0071820060703167E01_DXXX&s=1450.58131296153 or below (click to get the highest resolution NASA releases):