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The discovery and colonization of Mars have been a focal point of our imagination and our hopes with regards to space travel throughout the world. There have been studies that have shown that Mars has water sources and a terrain that could potentially accommodate human life. A recent video that was provided to NASA from a Finnish filmmaker has given us a glimpse into what the surface of the planet Mars looks like.
The filmmaker’s evidence was gathered over a three month period, and it features over 33,000 photos that have been color graded and processed. What does that mean for NASA? These photographs could potentially provide the space agency with the necessary evidence that it needs to send manned missions to the planet.
“There is a feeling that you are flying above Mars looking down watching interesting locations on the planet,” Fröjdman wrote. “And there are really great places on Mars! I would love to see images taken by a landscape photographer on Mars, especially from the polar regions. But I’m afraid I won’t see that kind of images during my lifetime.”
As mentioned previously, the photos were color graded due to the filmmaker’s camera only having the capability to capture photos of Mars’ surface in gray scale. This colorization could potentially lead to a skewing of any evidence as those who analyze these pictures are basing their re-coloring off of their intuition and not from any experience. This could potentially lead to a misinterpretation of the planet’s surface and could misguide the space agency’s evidence somewhat.
Is this evidence a viable and trustworthy source of information to the individuals that are in charge of organizing an exploratory mission to Mars? This is a debatable question, but it is surely one to ponder as it seems that mankind is nearing the possibility of exploring this desolate planet. The possibilities are exciting, and the potential scientific breakthroughs that could result could be worth the potential risks that are at the store for anyone who dares to venture to the planet.
For now, it seems that the only tour of Mars’ surface that humanity will get is the tour that is provided to us from these colored photographs. Perhaps one day we will be able to take the photos ourselves from Mars. Will it be during our life times? Who knows.