Finding artifacts on Mars

Finding artifacts on the surface of Mars is extremely easy. I’ll tell you how to do it:

Go to this website:…

Once you’re on their homepage, you will see links across the top for different sections of the site. The “catalog” section archives all of the digital imagery that is returned from MRO. There are over 18,000 images stored there.

In order to zoom into the photographs, a user needs a viewer for JPEG2000 format. The website provides one. On their homepage, scroll to the bottom and find a link for “Software” and click on it.

You will see three different selections of software that can be used for viewing imagery. The Planetary Data System and IAS Viewer are unusable, at least for me. Download the JHelioviewer software. It works and is easy to use.

Next, browse through the 18,000 images in the archive and select a photograph that you find interesting. When you find one, download the image onto your computer.

Then simply start the JHelioviewer software and open the downloaded image that you found to be compelling.

Important notes: the Helioviewer software talks to the JPL website while you’re using it. When I discovered this, I turned off my internet connection each time I was scanning images. JPL doesn’t need to know what I’m doing.

The Helioviewer software will zoom in to provide some very clear details of the surface of Mars, but you have to remember that the imagery is tampered with before it’s released to the public.

Included in the software are different color filters and other settings that will help you see artifacts more clearly. Use these features. They will help you greatly.

Finally, and most important, scan the images slowly as if you were taking a walk across the hills and dunes of Mars. A favorite hobby of mine is to travel to a remote location, like the scrub plains of Texas, and spend days scouring the ground for artifacts from ancient Indian civilizations. (arrow heads, spear points, pottery, etc.)

After some practice and patient viewing, I promise you’ll find artifacts. Mars is littered with them. They are remnants of a vast civilization that lived there.

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