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Added November 28th, 2015
A Dome or Mound on Mars?
On Mars we often see landscapes and structures that are more reminiscent of
artificial structures on Earth than natural formations. A lot of times these structures
are introduced by anomalists and other fascinated individuals only to fade away...
It's not a conspiracy, rather just the order of things that are yet provable.
An interesting example of an artificial looking structure on Mars was recently
posted by the website Mysterious Universe. A panorama from Opportunity, the formation
at the top of a Martian hill resembles a metallic dome, complimented with a smaller
geometric area next to it...
Image credit Mysterious Universe
Link to original NASA image: http://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/1/p/4073/1P489773398EFFCNK6P2413R1M1.HTML
Direct link to NASA Image: http://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/1/p/4073/1P489773398EFFCNK6P2413R1M1.JPG
Comparison of Martian dome to a dome being tested by NASA for Mars exploration LINK:
I find images like this compelling because they do not conform to the
hundreds of other landscape pictures I have looked at from Opportunity.
However, that's not to say that there aren't other examples of anomalous structures
that have come about in the last few years that are very similar from Mars.
Here is a similar horizon shot of a very out of place martian mound.
It was taken by the Spirit rover (c.2004-2010) in Gusev crater:
Link to NASA image: http://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/728/2P191002092EFFAMOAP2443L7M1.HTML
Closeup of Martian mound (colored sepia to show detail):
It's obvious that both the dome and the mound are out of place among their mostly
sandy smooth surroundings. But are they anything more than just interesting natural
rock formations? I don't know about you but Id sure love to get a rover close enough
to examine one of these seemingly unique formations. Even if they are not artificial
you would think they would offer fascinating geological evidence of Mars past.
I predict however that much like many of the "anomalies" we see in NASA pictures
that the Martian dome (c.2015) will go the same way as the Martian mound (c.2006)
above and we will not get further analysis. Which is too bad... cause they are intriguing!
I don't think that NASA's trying to ignore anything, the rovers have very determined paths
of exploration, long before they even land on Mars. Hopefully, however, future rovers are
equipped with flying drones to make quick inspections of formations like these.
Till then, we can only stare at these pictures with our imaginations...
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