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Photoshopped Mars Panorama

I found another piece of media on Facebook that warrants some direction for the conspiracy wackjobs. The author of this photo doesn't appear to be promoting any conspiratorial claims with merely a casual glance on my part. However, others have been pointing to this graphic and commenting with suspicion.

The title of the picture says that it is a panorama. There are a few ways to make panoramas. You can use a really stylish camera that rotates, capturing the whole 360 degree circle. If you're on a budget as NASA is, you can just use a simpler camera, a series of smaller photos, and stitch them together in photoshop to make what can be termed a "poor man's panorama." When you stitch photos together in this way, it is common to see some cloning artifacts around where the individual photos meet because it is hard to slice the various photos perfectly without some pixels showing up on both sides of a seam.

Looking at the original, you'll notice the overall photo appears to be plated with a few smaller ones at the top edge, so I'm guessing it probably was photoshopped a bit to turn many small images into one big one for the public to see.

So what I am guessing happened is that Curiosity took a dozen or so photos. Some guy wearing a tie on the ground handed a USB drive with the photos on it to a graphic artist and said, "We have lots of photos, but we don't want to bog down the website with a dozen almost identical shots of Martian desert, so stitch them together into one really nice panorama for the website."

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I found another piece of media on Facebook that warrants some direction for the conspiracy wackjobs. The author of this photo doesn't appear to be promoting any conspiratorial claims with merely a casual glance on my part. However, others have been pointing to this graphic and commenting with suspicion.

The title of the picture says that it is a panorama. There are a few ways to make panoramas. You can use a really stylish camera that rotates, capturing the whole 360 degree circle. If you're on a budget as NASA is, you can just use a simpler camera, a series of smaller photos, and stitch them together in photoshop to make what can be termed a "poor man's panorama." When you stitch photos together in this way, it is common to see some cloning artifacts around where the individual photos meet because it is hard to slice the various photos perfectly without some pixels showing up on both sides of a seam.

Looking at the original, you'll notice the overall photo appears to be plated with a few smaller ones at the top edge, so I'm guessing it probably was photoshopped a bit to turn many small images into one big one for the public to see.

So what I am guessing happened is that Curiosity took a dozen or so photos. Some guy wearing a tie on the ground handed a USB drive with the photos on it to a graphic artist and said, "We have lots of photos, but we don't want to bog down the website with a dozen almost identical shots of Martian desert, so stitch them together into one really nice panorama for the website."

Date: Aug 28, 2012 1:23pm
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