Light on Mars? Mystery flash seen on Red Planet

Telegraph.co.uk — April 8, 2014

Light-on-Mars. Click to enlarge

A bright flash of light photographed by NASA’s Curiosity rover has sent the Web into a frenzy, with many bloggers speculating it could be a sign of intelligent light.

The photo, beamed millions of miles from Mars to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, was taken last week, apparently by one of two NASA rovers on the red planet.

On April 2, the Curiosity rover drove the last 98 feet needed to arrive at “the Kimberley,” a spot where it can study rock clues about ancient environments that might have been favorable for life.

UFO blogger Scott Waring claims that the photograph suggests there are intelligent creatures living underground.

“This is not a glare from the sun, not is it an artifact of the photo process,” he wrote.

‘Look closely at the bottom of the light. It has a very flat surface giving us 100 per cent indication it is from the surface.

“Sure Nasa could go and investigate it, but hey, they are not on Mars to discover life, but there to stall its discovery.

“This could indicate there is intelligent life below the ground and uses light as we do.”

However , Doug Ellison from JPL, Nasa’s robotic exploration wing, has said the light source is probably does not represent proof of Martians.

The light source was probably a “cosmic ray hit”, Mr Ellison told NBC news, a result of high energy particles hitting the surface of the planet.

In 1976 Nasa’s Viking 1 orbiter released an image of a region called Cydonia that seemed to show a human face on the Red Planet.

However in 2006, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) showed that the sand had moved and erased the ‘face’ from the surface.

Ben Biggs, editor of All About Space magazine, said: “While the “light” is as yet unexplained, it’s quite a leap to assume that it has an intelligent source.

“The public can afford to speculate wildly but Nasa is an organisation internationally renowned for credible science.

“It needs to exhaust every other likely explanation before it can begin to explore less realistic phenomena.”

NASA is yet to comment on the light.

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