Mars’ Twin Peaks – Super-Resolution Image From Mars Pathfinder

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Mars Twin Peaks

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The Twin Peaks, which are modest-size hills to the southwest of the Mars Pathfinder landing website. Credit: NASA/JPL

NASA’s Mars Pathfinder objective arrived on the Red Planet on July 4, 1997. It’s small rover, called Sojourner after abolitionist Sojourner Truth, invested 83 days of an organized seven-day objective checking out the Martian surface, getting images, and taking chemical, climatic and other measurements. When the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft approached its location, no NASA objective had actually effectively reached Mars in more than 20 years. The last information transmission gotten from Pathfinder was at 10: 23 UTC on September 27, 1997. 

This image reveals the Twin Peaks, which are modest-size hills to the southwest of the Mars Pathfinder landing website. They were found on the very first panoramas taken by the IMP video camera on the July 4, and consequently determined in Viking Orbiter images taken more than 20 years prior to. The peaks are roughly 100 feet high (30-35 meters). North Twin is roughly 860 meters (2800 feet) from the lander, and South Twin has to do with a kilometer away (3300 feet). The scene consists of bouldery ridges and swales or “hummocks” of flood particles that vary from a couple of 10s of meters far from the lander to the range of the South Twin Peak.

The composite color frames that comprise this “right-eye” image include 7 frames, taken with various color filters that were bigger by 500 percent and after that co-added utilizing Adobe Photoshop to produce, in impact, a super-resolution panchromatic frame that is sharper than a private frame would be. This panchromatic frame was then colorized with the red, green, and blue filtered images from the exact same series. The color balance was adapted to approximate the real color of Mars.



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