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Mars Anomalies

Moving Objects on Mars? What is causing them to change location?

Description
These images were taken by Mars Spirit Rover. Following the order of Sol 1833, 1836 and 1843, Spirit would then move from right to left in this view and order.
I took the small stone in the middle of the 3 on the left in this image as a reference point to determine the angle/direction.

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Image 1:
ID:
Sol navigation camera 1833 2N289093752EFFB074P1985R0M 1
Notice the red circled object in the first image.
Also notice that the green marked object in image 2 and 3 is not in image 1.
From Sol 1833 navigation camera

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Image 2:
ID:
Sol navigation camera 1836 2N289093752EFFB074P1985R0M 1
The object in the red circle is gone.
Note the green marked object which is not in image 1.
From Sol 1836 navigation camera

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Image 3:
ID:
Sol navigation camera 1843 2N289093752EFFB074P1985R0M 1
Did the object from the red circle in image 1 move to the red circle in image 3?
There's a new object in the yellow circle where the one in the red circle previously was.
Note the green marked object which was not in image 1 and in a different location as in image 2.
From Sol 1843 navigation camera

Spirit:
All 128,224 Raw Images

Spirit Traverse Maps

Comment: there are more anomalies in these above pictures which i think are because of change of angle. The marked ones i have no explanation for.

Raw cut-outs from the original images
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Original Images | All Spirit Images
Click the image to go to the original at JPL
Note: I've send an email request to JPL on Monday May 28 2012, also to ask how far apart these images were taken, so far no reply yet.

Mission Timeline | Link

The phases of the mission include:

MER-A: Key Events During Launch
curved line graph of MER key events during launch
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Spirit Traverse Maps (all)
There are no maps in this archive for Sol 1833, 1836 and 1843 but here are the ones available from the Sol 1800 series

Spirit traverse map: sol 1893 Sol 1893: Detailed traverse map
Release Date: 01-May-2009
Spirit traverse map: sol 1871 Sol 1871: Detailed traverse map
Release Date: 16-Apr-2009
Spirit traverse map: sol 1871 Sol 1871: Detailed traverse map
Release Date: 10-Apr-2009
Spirit traverse map: sol 1862 Sol 1862: Detailed traverse map
Release Date: 30-Mar-2009
 
Spirit traverse map: sol 1858 Sol 1858: Detailed traverse map
Release Date: 27-Mar-2009
Spirit traverse map: sol 1845 Sol 1845: Detailed traverse map
Release Date: 16-Mar-2009
Spirit traverse map: sol 1829 Sol 1829: Detailed traverse map
Release Date: 25-Feb-2009
Spirit traverse map: sol 1813 Sol 1813: Detailed traverse map
Release Date: 09-Feb-2009


The location for the images of Sol 1833 (image 1) is on Spirit Traverse Map Sol 1845 (see below, click to enlarge)
(You will find Sol 1833 also on Spirit Traverse Map Sol 1858)

Spirit traverse map for sol 1845
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On these maps you will find the location for Sol 1833 (image 1)
By following the numbers we now know Spirits trajectory and the approximate location for Sol 1836 (image 2) and Sol 1843 (image 3)
(All North of the Home Plate at about 00:03 o'clock)
 

Sol 1833 (image 1)

  Image 1:
ID:
Sol navigation camera 1833 2N289093752EFFB074P1985R0M 1
Notice the red circled object in the first image.
Also notice that the green marked object in image 2 and 3 is not in image 1.
From Sol 1833 navigation camera

Spirit Update Archive for 2009

Updates for the related Sol's:

sol 1852-1858 25-March-2009 Distance Record for Five-Wheel Driving
sol 1845-1851 18-March-2009 Getting Away from a Trouble Spot
sol 1838-1844 11-March-2009 Change to Western Route
sol 1831-1837 04-March-2009 Slight Progress on New Route

sol 1831-1837, February 26 - March 04, 2009:   Slight Progress on New Route

After initially making good progress on a new route around "Home Plate" to the east, Spirit has been struggling in local terrain on the northeast corner of Home Plate. The route is difficult because the direction is up-slope with a lot of loose, fine material denying the five-driving-wheel rover good traction.

After getting about 15 meters (49 feet) away from Home Plate last week in just two drives, Spirit made only 1.4 meters of progress on Sol 1831 (Feb. 26, 2009). The next two drive sols accomplished only about 2 meters each. On Sol 1837 (March 4, 2009), Spirit had difficulty turning to face a new direction, again because of the soft terrain.

The plan is to back downslope a little, turn and attack the uphill grade a little more cross-slope.

As of Sol 1837 (March 4, 2009), Spirit's solar array energy production is 282 watt-hours, atmospheric opacity (tau) is 0.742, and the dust factor on the solar array is 0.320. The rover is in good health as it attempts to make its way around the northeast corner of Home Plate. Spirit's total odometry is 7,602.42 meters (4.72 miles).

sol 1838-1844, March 05-11, 2009:   Change to Western Route

Spirit continued to struggle in local terrain on the northeast corner of "Home Plate." Several drive attempts failed to make significant progress to the east up the modest slopes consisting of loose material.

On Sol 1839 (March 6, 2009) a wheel diagnostic test was performed to make sure a wheel stall seen on an earlier sol was not an actuator problem. The actuator is fine.

Drives on sols 1839, 1841 and 1843 (March 6, 8 and 10, 2009) all reinforced the futility of attempting further drives in this direction. Therefore, the project decided to head Spirit in the other direction, west around Home Plate. Spirit will begin to head that way in the sols ahead.

As of Sol 1844 (March 11, 2009), Spirit's solar array energy production is 281 watt-hours. Atmospheric opacity (tau) is 0.755. The dust factor on the solar array is 0.317, meaning that 31.7 percent of sunlight hitting the solar array penetrates the layer of accumulated dust on the array. The rover is in good health as it begins to head west around Home Plate.

As of Sol 1843 (March 10, 2009), Spirit's total odometry is 7,607.68 meters (4.73 miles).

sol 1845-1851, March 12-18, 2009:   Getting Away from a Trouble Spot

Although Spirit will now attempt the western route around the low plateau "Home Plate," it must first safely move away from difficult terrain around the northeast corner of Home Plate. One tactical concern was a potato-size rock near the inside of the right rear wheel that posed a risk of getting stuck inside the wheel. Short maneuvers on Sol 1845 (March 12, 2009) and Sol 1847 (March 14, 2009) carefully moved the rover away from this hazard. On Sol 1850 (March 17, 2009), Spirit moved about 5 meters (16 feet), getting completely away from this trouble spot.

Spirit also conducted some panoramic camera (Pancam) imaging and miniature thermal emission spectrometer (Mini-TES) spectral measurements of various science targets in the vicinity and performed an atmospheric argon measurement with the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer (APXS).

Atmospheric conditions have worsened lately over the Gusev site, although no storm conditions have been reported.

As of Sol 1851 (March 18, 2009), Spirit's solar array energy production has decreased to 230 watt-hours, down 18 percent from a week earlier. Atmospheric opacity (tau) has increased sharply, to 1.19. The dust factor on the solar array is 0.313, meaning that 31.7 percent of sunlight hitting the solar array penetrates the layer of accumulated dust on the array. The rover is in good health in spite of dustier skies.

As of Sol 1850 (March 17, 2009), Spirit's total odometry is 7,612.49 meters (4.73 miles).

sol 1852-1858, March 19-25, 2009:   Distance Record for Five-Wheel Driving

Spirit is making good progress around Home Plate to the west. After getting clear of troublesome rocks, Spirit drove 13.8 meters (45.3 feet) on Sol 1854 (March 21, 2009). The next drive, on Sol 1856 (March 23, 2009), achieved a new distance record for five-wheel driving. Spirit drove 25.82 meters (84.7 feet), beating the old record by about a meter. Spirit completed another drive of 12.9 meters (42.3 feet) on Sol 1858 (March 25, 2009).

The sol ahead will see the building of the new R9.3 flight software on board the rover. The rover will boot the new software on the subsequent sol.

As of Sol 1858 (March 25, 2009), Spirit's solar array energy production is 233 watt-hours. Atmospheric opacity (tau) remains elevated at 1.15. The dust factor on the solar array, 0.309, means that 30.9 percent of sunlight hitting the solar array penetrates the layer of accumulated dust on the array. The rover is in good health in spite of dusty skies. Spirit's total odometry is 7,665.02 meters (4.76 miles).

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* Note: We now have the traverse maps, Location, timeline, Spirit's status updates and atmosperic conditions related to the pictures of Sol 1833 (image 1), 1836 (image 2) and 1843 (image 3)

Sol 1843 is related to image 3, the date for this image is March 10 2009
* Atmospheric conditions have worsened over the Gusev site, although no storm conditions have been reported.


  Image 3:
ID:
Sol navigation camera 1843 2N289093752EFFB074P1985R0M 1
Did the object from the red circle in image 1 move to the red circle in image 3?
There's a new object in the yellow circle where the one in the red circle previously was.
Note the green marked object which was not in image 1 and in a different location as in image 2.
From Sol 1843 navigation camera

Information on image decoding
Surface Operation Instruments
How Fast and How Much Data the Rover Can Send Back
How the DSN helps engineers navigate the spacecraft during cruise




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