Feb 19 2010
More Structures On Mars?
Whitley Strieber recently posted a link to a photo from the Mars rover Opportunity. There is some discussion going on at his Facebook page as to whether strange rectilinear shapes at the top of the frame represent some sort of artificial objects on the surface of Mars. The discussion is currently at 100 comments, mostly in favor of an artificial explanation.
Unfortunately, a proponent of Mars anomalies (or at least an open mind on them) states that the apparent structures are markings on the lens hood of the camera that took the photo. Mike Bara says that the camera has shown these “anomalies” before, and that the same shapes appear in other images from the rover in the last few years.
Weighing the evidence for myself and taking a look at the photos, I’ll have to go with the mundane explanation this time. To be sure, there are other apparent artificial anomalies imaged by the Mars rovers and orbiters and my mind remains open on at least some of them. Mac Tonnies once pointed out to me that the ubiquitous “face” (which I had dismissed after the re-imaging in 2001) contained elements that were incompatible with the “natural feature” explanation due to repeated examples of symmetry that were nearly impossible with our present understanding of geology. Perhaps not, but the debate remains ongoing.
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