Monday, January 11, 2010

MARS photos

Perched on a rock, she could be waiting for a bus.

But if so, she could be in for an awfully long wait.

This photo of what looks remarkably like a female figure with her arm outstretched, was taken on Mars.

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Call me rocky: The intriguing image captured by Nasa on Mars

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, it has set the Internet abuzz with claims that there really is life on the red planet.

Others may well feel that it is simply an optical illusion caused by a landscape.

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Alien life: What seems to be a human-like Martian is pictured on Mars

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The image was among many sent back to Earth by Spirit, Nasa's Mars explorer vehicle which landed there four years ago.

Initial inspections revealed nothing unusual, but closer examination by amateur astronomers has thrown up this intriguing picture.

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Painstaking: Space enthusiasts spent four years analysing this image, which on much closer inspection shows the 'alien'

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As one enthusiast put it on a website: "These pictures are amazing. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw what appears to be a naked alien running around on Mars."

Another, dismissing cynicism about the somewhat stony look of the "alien", wrote: "If you show me another rock in another photo from Mars, or Earth, that naturally looks like that, I will reconsider."

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Say cheese: The mystery image was captured by Nasa's explorer vehicle, Spirit

A third contributor, who might have come closer to the majority view, said: "Ah, the human eye can be tricked so easily."

NASA CLAIMS MARTIANS TOO SMART TO BE FOUND“While it is true that we have not yet uncovered life on Mars yet, people need to remember that we are still severely limited by technology. We have made major leaps forward since the first Viking missions but we still aren’t where we need to be in order to really catch a look,” said a NASA spokesperson. “It takes a great deal of time to get to Mars and that means that inhabitants of the planet have plenty of time to hide from our vessels. It is a sensible conclusion to draw that because we don’t see anything on the planet but we now believe that is an incorrect assumption. We believe that Martians are simply hiding from us, though for what reason we can only speculate.”

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1 comment:

  1. the figure looks close up like it's been engraved into the rock there