US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Now that NASA’s Martian all-terrain vehicle has successfully landed, and space news is full of stunning images, a large number of videos from the surface of the planet are waiting for us in the next few months and years.
A six-legged robot equipped with a nuclear reactor worth more than two billion dollars has already sent many images of the Gale crater, where it landed and soon the all-terrain vehicle will go towards a nearby mountain almost 5 kilometers high. The scientific community – and with it the whole world – are waiting with bated breath for the Curiosity finds, which the all-terrain vehicle should make in 2 months of daily digging, taking samples from the Martian surface and conducting analyzes.
Many will also wait for evidence of the presence of life on Mars, and Curiosity can present them – even if they really aren’t. NASA materials have long been food for the fantasies of UFO fans and conspiracy theorists who tirelessly studied countless photos and footage along and across in search of traces of extraterrestrial life (or evidence that NASA knows about the presence of aliens, but carefully hides it).
Indeed, earlier there were already statements about the discovery of the presence of life forms on Mars. A man named Richard Hoagland argued that a photograph shows a human face in 1976 photographs of the Martian region of Kydonia. The so-called “Face on Mars” caused an international outcry when Hoagland speculatively aroused interest in a bizarre find: “Aliens send us a signal? Where are those who erected this magnificent monument? ” On April 5, 1998, the Mars Global Surveyor made photographs of this region at a higher resolution than was possible in 1976. New photographs showed a highly eroded area and made it possible to make sure that the “face” was nothing more than a figment of the imagination of people considering the pictures are not very high quality, and it came about because
In 2001, an amateur astronomer discovered what he believed to be a mysterious rectangular structure on the surface of Mars while viewing satellite images in Google Maps. Professional astronomers explained that it was in fact an artificial object created by the interference of cosmic rays; and an unusual shape was given to the object by the camera, with the help of which a picture was taken, and the surface of Mars had nothing to do with it.
History and human psychology tell us that sooner or later on one of the thousands of images that Curiosity will transmit to our planet, there will be some kind of defect, fuzzy outlines or a play of light, which will be taken by someone as evidence of the presence of Martians. It is possible – and no one excludes this – that the rover will indeed meet life on the Red Planet, but it is unlikely that it will be able to stumble upon the smoking chimneys of the Martian plastic bottle processing plant.
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