Everyone’s top choice in the ongoing quest for extraterrestrial life has long been Mars.
It has rocky terrain, canyons fit for a National Park, and a general appearance that reminds one of Arizona without vegetation and convenience stores.
It makes sense, then, that amateur explorers have spent years poring over this planet on their laptops in search of life’s secrets.
These highly motivated sleuths have access to a large corpus of imagery through the internet images they analyze, which were captured by a variety of rovers and orbiters.
Yet, few of them are hunting for fungi or other unimportant biological topics.
They are looking for proof of intelligent beings that have either visited Mars or who formerly lived there.
It’s a charming and fascinating concept. Also unlikely is its success. Actually, these solitary investigators have just experienced yet another setback.
Scientists from Johns Hopkins University provide a straightforward explanation for the peculiar topography of an artifact that some people mistakenly believed to be a crashed alien spaceship in a recent research that was published in the “Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.”
According to them, the so-called spacecraft was actually created by ancient volcanism, not by Vulcans, and is something that only a geologist could adore.
The artifact is situated in the Medusae Fossae Formation, an area of Mars.
It’s a strange-looking geologic deposit the combined size of Texas and Alaska.
Furthermore, it appears to be stealthy, which some people think is abnormal, as radar signals fired at it very weakly reflect back.
In comparison to our own rockets, the alleged spaceship is large—roughly the size of the Notre Dame football stadium.
Even yet, it is almost completely obscured by the Medusae Fossae Formation’s corrugated expanse.
It appears to be a saucer-shaped craft that botched its landing and fell into the Martian mud, though, if you can find it and squint your eyes.
The Mystery of Potential Extraterrestrial Presence On Mars
If there were any extraterrestrial travelers, they either made a long-distance call home and were saved, or they vanished into the inhospitable terrain of Mars.
As per scientists, it is not impossible that the bizarre pointy protrusions discovered on Mars are the result of an alien spacecraft crash landing.
On the floor of the 96-mile (154-kilometer) Gale Crater, rows of what appear to be spikes, plates, and wedges jutting from boulders were captured on camera by NASA’s Curiosity Rover in April.
That was the “most strange rock” that astrobiologist Dr. Nathalie Cabrol, of the NASA Ames Research Center and Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (Seti) Institute, had ever seen in her 20 years of research on Mars.
The formations could be “sand spikes,” which are known to occur on Earth in water-logged sands after powerful earthquakes of magnitude seven and above, according to a new article published in the Journal of Astrobiology.
Comparable rock formations have been discovered at Mount Signal in the Imperial Valley of southern California, adjacent to the San Andreas fault, and at the north Alpine basin of south Germany, related with the 15 million-year-old Nordlinger Reis asteroid impact basin.
Researchers point out that images of what look to be wheels, an axle, and a debris field have been taken in another area of the Gale Crater, but they caution that “a fragment from an extraterrestrial or terrestrial spacecraft cannot be eliminated with absolute certainty.”
The spikes may have been connected to a similar debris field that was degraded over time.