Saturday, 22 February 2014

Mars; The Busiest Dead Planet in the Solar System

Ever since the Mars Curiosity Rover landed on the red planet and started sending back its fascinating images, it seems that Mars has become a very busy place.  Between UFO’s and underground structures, moving rocks and animals, there seems to be a great deal happening on this dead planet.
The most recent footage picked up by UFO enthusiast StreetCap1 from last month seems to show a cone shaped UFO streaking across the sky.  What seems to be exhaust can be seen at the rear of the object.  The footage came from the one of the rover’s cameras and has been attributed to a meteorite or perhaps even something on the lens of the camera itself.  Dr John Bridges from the University of Leicester was quoted in the Leicester Mercury stating that the object may even be one of Mars moons, most likely Phobos.
And those who analyse these pictures are hoping that the fact that NASA released them is a sign of changing policies in the US space agency.  Josh Barker, from the agency, said the item was a UFO in the sense it was an unidentified flying object but that it was not an alien vessel.

Track record
It seems since the moment Curiosity landed on Mars, all the locals have been out to have a look.  Some of the first pictures taken saw a distant object which appeared then disappeared, but turned out to be dust from the sky crane which dropped the rover off.  It had impacted some 2000 feet away and thrown up a cloud of fine dust.
Two streaking objects were then leaked to a YouTube account ParanormalCollection said to have come from time-lapse cameras.  There was later some debate as to whether these had been faked by NASA and purposefully released to shake the credibility of researchers.  

Faces in the Sand
More recently, images released are said to contain a picture of a face half buried in the sand, perhaps a colossal-type statue.  Just behind the face is a sharply right-angled piece of rock which has been suggested to be a plinth for the statue.  The logic behind this is that nature does not create right-angles and these stones clearly show them.
This follows the comparison between an outcropping of rock on a flat plain which resembled tombs from Japan from the 5th century.  The Kofun tombs are described as having a central round mound then an almost triangular shaped area leading away from it.  NASA has said that the rocks could have been created by fracturing of the hills.

Scientific basis?
Interpretation of data from the HiRISE camera which is on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter by one geologists leads to the conclusion that there were once oceans on Mars.  Lorena Moscardelli, geologists at the University of Texas, Austin, is quoted on stating that the boulders photographed on the planets northern plains show signs of movement by underwater landslides. 
In this possible view of Mars, the area known as Oceanus Borealis since it was first seen by the Viking Orbiter, could be an ocean stretching across a third of the planet.  The study likens it to similar movements in Arkansas, Argentina and Brazil where underwater events have effected huge areas.

And if there were water covering a third of the planet, then this would mean atmosphere and could this mean civilisation had also existed there?  Are the artefacts being photographed on the surface the remains of this civilisation, as the Pyramids are remains of an ancient civilisation in Egypt?

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