Holger Isenberg: Sagan-Pyramid Mariner 9 Original Found
Note: with 66 m/pixel the Mariner 9 did this one in higher resolution than Viking-Orbiter!
In a message dated 2/13/01 1:41:06 AM Pacific Standard Time, H.Isenberg@ping.de writes:
I will put the Mariner 9 image list into my location finder on my website and mail you when it works.
Here the picture from Cosmos:
The best picture of this region, by Viking:
Overlay of Mariner 9 and Viking picture, to see the location:
Result: The square-base pyramid on the right looks much more artificial than the ones images by Mariner 9 in the better image from Viking.
Found this last night on the Mariner files
Because of the alignment of the artifacts as well as seemingly in the same CD group as Elysium I speculated these might be the pyramids. Looks different though.
Carl Sagan, in his very popular (1980) TV series, "Cosmos," showed pictures of "The pyramids of Elysium" taken by the Mariner 9 mapping of Mars in 1972. This picture is reproduced on page 129 of his book, Cosmos ; and on page 130 he has the following footnote about these Elysium pyramids:
"The largest are 3 kilometers across at the base, and 1 kilometer high -- much larger than the pyramids of Sumer, Egypt or Mexico on Earth. They seem eroded and ancient, and are, perhaps, only small mountains, sandblasted for ages. But they warrant, I think, a careful look." [Sagan]
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