Mystery Light On Mars

On April 3rd 2014, the Curiosity Mars lander returned pictures of an unidentified shaft of light in the distance.

Shaft of light from Mars

The UFO crowd was quick to blame aliens.

“This could indicate there there is intelligent life below the ground and uses light as we do. This is not a glare from the sun, nor is it an artifact of the photo process.” – Scott C. Waring

Other theories include cosmic rays and tricks of light due to the dual cameras on Curiosity.

No, That’s NOT an Artificial Light on Mars

NASA Explains Martian Flash, and It’s Not What You Think

Life On Other Planets In The News

Planets with water = life?

Several recent stories in the news seem to building up the acceptance of extraterrestrials life existing.

A website based in India has reported researchers with the Chandrayaan-1 mission may have found “signs of life in some form or the other on the Moon.” . The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Satellite Centre says that Chandrayaan-1, which impacted the within the Shackleton Crater on the Moon’s south pole on Nov. 14, 2008, picked up signatures of organic matter on parts of the Moon’s surface. The scientist added the source of the organics could be comets or meteorites which have deposited the matter on the Moon’s surface but the recent discovery by another impact probe — the LCROSS mission — of ice in the polar regions of the Moon also “lend credence to the possibility of organic matter there.”

A NASA article Martian Methane Reveals the Red Planet is not a Dead Planet claims first definitive detection of methane in the atmosphere of Mars indicates the planet is still alive, in either a biologic or geologic sense, according to a team of NASA and university scientists. A biological sense? Methane is of interest to astrobiologists because organisms release much of Earth’s methane as they digest nutrients.

On Earth, microorganisms thrive 2 to 3 kilometers (about 1.2 to 1.9 miles) beneath the Witwatersrand basin of South Africa, where natural radioactivity splits water molecules into molecular hydrogen (H2) and oxygen. The organisms use the hydrogen for energy. It might be possible for similar organisms to survive for billions of years below the permafrost layer on Mars, where water is liquid, radiation supplies energy, and carbon dioxide provides carbon.
Michael Mumma of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md

Then the dropping of this little gem in a story about Saturn’s Moon Titan “Experts believe the presence of liquid on a planet or moon improves the chances that some kind of life could develop there.” as NASA reveals first-ever photo of liquid on another world.

And even FoxNews.com gets into the action with Nearby Super-Earth May Be a Waterworld. It seems planet GJ 1214b is about 40 light-years away and is about three times the size of Earth and about 6.5 times as massive. It is the second smallest planet discovered outside of our solar system to date, trailing behind only CoRoT-7b, which is 1.7 times Earth’s size and about five times as massive. What is really important is scientists think the thick atmosphere of GJ 1214b creates a high pressure environment that keeps water on the surface in a liquid state.

Back to Mars real quick, the story New Study of Meteorite Provides More Evidence for Ancient Life on Mars where the meteorite, called Allan Hills 84001 (ALH84001), which was first analyzed in 1996 has been looked at again using advanced microscopy techniques not available in 1996 to investigate the carbonate disks and, more importantly, the magnetite nanocrystals within the disks. These embedded magnetites are the apparent fossils that exhibit features similar to contemporary magnetotactic bacteria. Comparing these to Earth magnetotactic bacteria that are quite common in aqueous environments, they are more similar than not. What does that mean? How about bacteria on Mars over 15 million years ago.

While aliens have yet to land on the White House lawn, this is a start.

Navy Listened For Martians – August 1924

On August 23rd, 1924 Mars passed as close to the Earth as it has in over 60,000 years, with the exception of the fairly recent August 27, 2003 encounter. It won’t be that near again until 2287.

It seems the Chief of Naval Operations Edward W. Eberle of the US Navy thought life on Mars may attempt to communicate with the Earth during that event and sent a telegraph out instructing all Naval stations to monitor the airwaves for any unusual transmissions from August 21st to the 24th.

“NAVY DESIRES COOPERATE ASTRONOMERS WHO BELIEVE POSSIBLE THAT MARS MAY ATTEMPT COMMUNICATION BY RADIO WAVES WITH THIS PLANET WHILE THEY ARE NEAR TOGETHER THIS END ALL SHORE RADIO STATIONS WILL ESPECIALLY NOTE AND REPORT ANY ELECTRICAL PHENOMENON UNUSUAL CHARACTER AND WILL COVER AS WIDE BAND FREQUENCIES AS POSSIBLE FROM 2400 AUGUST TWENTY FIRST TO 2400 AUGUST TWENTY FOURTH WITHOUT INTERFERRING WITH TRAFFIC”

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4080488602_b36a7fef42_oProfessor David Todd, former head of the Amherst College astronomy department, was the driving force behind getting the Army and Navy to report any radio messages they may have detected, but failed to silence the country’s private radio broadcasters.

An ad was run in Popular Radio Magazine concerning the possibility that Mars would try to contact us during that time period.

Strange signals were reported from several sources. Radio operators in Vancouver reported that they were receiving a series of “four groups of dashes in groups of four”. In London a listener reported “harsh notes” of an unknown origin. WOR engineers in Newark, New Jersey reported similar sounds at nearly the same wavelength. A Bostonian reported a strange ringing, ending with an abrupt “zzip”.

These were all explained away in some form and the general consensus was that nothing but static could be heard over the radio waves for those days in August. If Mars tried to contact us, we missed it.

This was all 14 years before Orson Welles’ famous “War of the Worlds” broadcast.

Monoliths on Mars and Phobos

It seems Stanley Kubrick was onto something with his alien black monoliths from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Recently, two similar monoliths have popped up in the news.

The first was found on a picture from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Taken from over 150 miles away, the image shows an oddly squared off something sitting on the surface of Mars.

The image was taking last July, but other recent events have brought new attention to the Martian Monolith photo.

On July 22nd, Buzz Aldrin was on C-SPAN and spoke about a Monolith on the moon of Mars.

That is right. The second man to walk on the surface of the moon wants us to go to Phobos to check out a “very unusual structure on this little potato shaped object”.

Interestingly, the Canadian Space Agency recently funded a unmanned mission to Phobos. The proposed PRIME (Phobos Reconnaissance and International Mars Exploration) landing spot on Phobos is right next to the large building sized monolith.

Alien Skull On Mars

Some rocks look like skulls, even on Mars.
Recent NASA photos show a Martian desert with a odd shaped dark rock that stands out from the landscape. Of course, it has to be an alien skull.

Using some kind of math, someone online went as far as to state “The skull is 15 cm with binocular eyes 5 cm apart. The cranial capacity is approximately 1400 cc.”

I think the alien-human hybrid skull from the November 2006 Ancient ‘Astronauts’ from National Geographic’s ‘Is It Real?’ series is a way better mystery.

I guess Lloyd Pye, the skull’s caretaker for the past seven years, met with Robin Crookshank Hilton of National Geographic at a bar, pulling the skull from a bag, wrapped in bubble wrap, and set it down on the table in front of them (full article here).

The skull has been extensively tested and the DNA is been proven to be “more than human”. Pye sees that to mean the skull is a hybrid mix between a human and another being.

And the origin of our mysterious more than human skull?

Allegedly discovered by an American teenager in a Mexican mineshaft while on vacation in the 1930s, the deformed skeleton was said to have been entwined with that of a human female skeleton in a manner evocative of a ritual murder or suicide. The teenager apparently took the skulls of both bodies back home with her as gruesome holiday souvenirs and hid them away for over sixty years. After the death of the erstwhile adventurer, the skulls eventually found their way into Lloyd’s hands as a result of his highly regarded work on the Intervention Theory of human origins, resulting in seven years of intensive investigation.

Better than a rock on Mars.