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Does this photograph really prove that
we are not alone in the universe?
Images beamed back from Mars would suggest so - although to
skeptics, it could just be a strange rock formation.
NASA's Mars Explorer Spirit sent back images from the
surface of the Red Planet four years ago, and there was
initial disappointment among scientists that they lacked any signs
The 'alien' appears
to be walking downhill
But space and science fiction
enthusiasts are convinced there is more than meets the eye, and
after years of studying the images, have found what appears to be an
alien figure walking downhill.
The discovery of the life-like figure ambling across the surface of
the planet is likely to further boost intrigue in our nearest
neighboring planet. An earlier rock formation, dubbed "the
face of Mars" showed what appeared to be a human head
staring into the night sky.
The pictures, found on a Chinese website, are now creating a
stir of excitement on the internet.
What seems to be a
human-like Martian is pictured on Mars
One keen stargazer said:
"These pictures are amazing. I
couldn't believe my eyes when I looked and saw what appears to
be a naked alien running around on Mars."
NASA's Mars Explorer Spirit is
now starting its fourth year of exploration.
spent four years analyzing this image,
which on much closer
inspection shows the 'alien'
Rovers are deployed because it
has so far been too costly and difficult to achieve a manned mission
to Mars, and because probes and satellites are too limited to
explore the Martian surface.
The Spirit rover was launched on June 10, 2003.
Show There's Life on Mars?
by Lucy Bannerman
January 23, 2008
Date: 01/22/08 17:17:43
To: email@example.com; Exopolitics Institute
Subject: [exopolitics] Times Online and Life on Mars
here's another story on a photograph taken by one
of the Mar's Rovers showing a mysterious figure in the
Martian landscape. A number of news sites are running
stories on the anomaly which looks very much like a
Sasquatch running down a Martian hill. NASA scientists
are trying to determine what it is.
Even if no official
announcement comes confirming life on Mars, it does look
as though the public is being prepared for the reality
of extraterrestrial life through the release of such
It should be pointed out
that the Times Online has been running many stories
leaking information on a range of political issues such
covert plans to attack Iran, etc. It does look as though
the Times Online is being used by progressive elites to
leak information to inform the public so let's hope this
photograph gets more mainstream media attention.
be very well in the midst of an accelerated
A NASA rover
vehicle called Spirit captured this image on the surface
of Mars late last year
circle shows the area where NASA analysts spotted what
appears to be a humanoid figure moving away downhill
Is it a rock? A trick of Martian light on the eye? Or Osama Bin
Laden waving from his barren hideout 300 million miles from
NASA scientists have been puzzled by the peculiarly life-like
image which has been beamed back to earth by one of their two robot
rovers that are currently trundling about the surface of the red
planet, on the hunt for clues of life on Mars.
It will delight spacewatchers who have been so far disappointed by
the lack of images of little green men captured by the twin vehicles
on their four year mission.
The alien figure was pictured at the far left of one of the
panoramic photographs taken by the exploration rover, Spirit
(below), from the top of a low plateau in late 2007.
The robot vehicle and its twin,
Opportunity, have been roving around on Mars since completing their
first successful mission in April 2004. Their principle goal is to
hunt for geological evidence of water, that suggest an environment
which may once have been hospitable to life.
Having been launched from Cape Canaveral, in Florida, in June and
July in 2003, they traveled 487 million and 456 million km
respectively to opposite ends of the planet, where they went on to
explore the dusty, rock-strewn landscape.
Each solar-powered rover is a sort of the mechanical equivalent of a
geologist walking the surface of Mars. The mast-mounted cameras are
mounted 1.5 meters(5 feet) high and provide 360-degree,
stereoscopic, humanlike views of the terrain.
The robotic arm is capable of movement in much the same way as a
human arm with an elbow and wrist, and can place instruments
directly up against rock and soil targets of interest. In the
mechanical "fist" of the arm is a microscopic camera that serves the
same purpose as a geologist's handheld magnifying lens.
The budget for the project is around $820million.
Last week, a similar probe captured the first images from the "dark
side" of Mercury, which showed previously unseen hemisphere from