NASA Tries To Pass Off Mars LIght As ‘Shiny Rock’.
From JONATHAN O’CALLAGHAN
Nasa has spoken out on the controversy surrounding a strange ‘glow’ spotted on Mars – and says it is either a shiny rock or a glitch in the Curiosity rover’s camera. UFO blogger Scott Waring claimed that the new photograph taken by the rover suggests there are intelligent creatures living underground.
However, Nasa says it has now investigated the image, and found it is simply a trick of the light.
‘One possibility is that the light is the glint from a rock surface reflecting the sun,’ a Nasa spokesperson told MailOnline. ‘When these images were taken each day, the sun was in the same direction as the bright spot, west-northwest from the rover, and relatively low in the sky. ‘The rover science team is also looking at the possibility that the bright spots could be caused by cosmic rays striking the camera’s detector.’ Nasa’s engineers believe the glow may have been caused by sunlight reaching the camera’s sensors through a vent hole in the camera housing. The agency says this has happened previously on other cameras on Curiosity and other Mars rovers when the geometry of the incoming sunlight relative to the camera is precisely aligned. Nasa also revealed the glitches are commonplace. ‘Among the thousands of images received from Curiosity, ones with bright spots show up nearly every week.’
The Curiosity rover is currently exploring an area of Mars known as ‘the Kimberley.’
Named after a region of western Australia, the area sees four different types of rock intersect and is scientifically fascinating. The particular spot the rover is in ‘gives us a great view for context imaging of the outcrops at the Kimberley,’ Melissa Rice of the California Institute of Technology said in a release. Over the next few weeks, Rice will be leading the science for the rover as it drills and analyses rocks at the location. But it’s not the fact that a car-sized vehicle is exploring an alien world 57 million miles (92 million km) away that piqued the interest of the OFU community. Rather, what appears to be an anomaly in a photo has caught the attention of him and other UFO enthusiasts.
‘An artificial light source was seen this week in this NASA photo which shows light shining upward from… the ground,’ Waring wrote on his website. ‘This could indicate there is intelligent life below the ground and uses light as we do. He goes on to claim: ‘This is not a glare from the sun, not is it an artifact of the photo process. ‘Look closely at the bottom of the light. ‘It has a very flat surface giving us 100 per cent indication it is from the surface.
‘Sure Nasa could go and investigate it, but hey, they are not on Mars to discover life, but there to stall its discovery.’ According to NASA, however, the bright spot is not that unusual. Curiosity takes images using two cameras, one in its right eye and the other in its left. While the image from the right eye shows this bright spot, the same image from the left eye does not. Ben Biggs, editor of All About Space magazine, says we should not jump to any conclusions when seeing images like this. ‘While the “light” is as yet unexplained, it’s quite a leap to assume that it has an intelligent source,’ he says. ‘The public can afford to speculate wildly but Nasa is an organisation internationally renowned for credible science. ‘It needs to exhaust every other likely explanation before it can begin to explore less realistic phenomena.’