Corrections Required for Ashima Mars Weather Reports (Part 2)
Sol 111 (November 29, 2012) to Sol 225 (March 25, 2013). This page was updated 5/12/2013.
This page is the continuation of Corrections Required for Ashima Mars Weather Reports (Part 1). Ashima Research claims to take its MSL weather data from the Remote Environment Monitoring Station (REMS) Team at the Cento de Astrobiologia in Madrid, Spain. As with Part 1, a pattern of frequent, obvious errors continues below. While it may be argued that this data is, as Ashima puts it, for entertainment value, the issue is just how do they want to entertain us? If it is by publishing six months worth of frequent errors, then we can laugh at Ashima, but more so at the REMS Team who generally published the material originally. The problem is that the data does not fit the observed weather seen on Mars (dust devils, global dust storms, storms with 10-km wide eye walls over Arsia Mons, moving sand dunes, rover tracks filling in with sand, snow, and cirrostratus clouds seen). Given these discrepancies, the issue would seem to come down to incompetence or deliberate disinformation. A plague of silly errors makes the first conclusion easy to support, but these errors may be a clever smokescreen put out to hide information about Mars that the Government is not comfortable releasing yet (if ever). That’s a lot harder to prove than incompetence, but it’s where the truth may well be. NOTE: The nonsense reports resumed on 3/23/2013 still with wrong sunrise and sunset times published by Ashima, the same exact wind speed and direction as was shown on all reports since landing (2 m/s from the East), and no relative humidity. At best these reports may offer correct temperatures but ALL other data is completely unreliable. FLASH! ON MAY 11, 2013 ASHIMA RESEARCH CAVES IN TO AGREE WITH OUR DAYLIGHT CALCULATIONS, AND APPARENTLY WITH OUR DEMAND THAT WIND BE LISTED AS N/A RATHER THAN 2 M/S FROM THE EAST. ALL THEIR DAYLIGHT CALCULATIONS REVISED TO BE WITH A MINUTE OR TWO OF OUR MATH!