Mars’ Update

On Mars? What if? Could be. Image by Markus from Pixabay

As shown in my last blog, the photos Mars’ rovers send back display some weird—albeit explainable—images. In today’s blog, I will update the latest information on Mars’ findings.

NASA doubts there’s life on Mars. However, there is still a lot we need to investigate on the Red Planet says Heather Graham, astrobiologist for NASA. “We have found evidence that suggests Mars could have once supported life in its ancient past,” she says.

Recently skywatchers have reported an uptick in Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena/UAP (formerly UFO) activity. Add to this, ex Air Force intelligence officer David Grusch’s report to the House Oversight Committee; and it’s easy to understand how this increase has piqued NASA’s interest (BBC).

Currently, there are three rovers on Mars. Those operating are: Curiosity rover, Perseverance rover, and Tianwen-1.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. — Arthur C. Clarke’s third law in his 1962 book Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry into the Limits of the Possible

Recent Mars’ Weirdness

Since I’m updating Mars’ weirdness, I visited Scott Waring’s website, UFO Daily Sightings. It’s always fun. Following are recent NASA rover images, in which Scott points out significant could-be and what-ifs.

Monkey on Mars. What-if.
Appears to be a doorway. Newly cut. Entrance into an alien home? Life of mars? Could be.
Precision shown in the carved out stone. Did this support some type of structure? What-if.

Whether you believe in ETs, a once-upon-a-time life on Mars, or Mars’s monkeys; the speculation and questions that invade our imagination can be powerful.

Connections to Mars

Earlier this summer, an intelligence officer (turned-whistleblower) and two pilots gave a shocking report to Congress about their encounters with UAPs.

UAP is a catch-all term used to label flying objects pilots see or sensors pick up in the sky, sea, or space that have no straightforward explanation. I’m guessing officials wanted to get away from of the usage of UFO because it can conjure up images of little green men.

“The office tracking reports of UFOs has added nearly 400 additional sightings to its catalog over the last year, either because of new sightings or older sightings discovered in existing files, bringing the total number of UFO sightings to over 500.” —CBS News January 12, 2023.

(Note, earlier in 2023, CBS was still referring the unidentified objects as UFOs.)

Scientist explain some of these UAP are balloon-like objects, drones, or aerial clutter. But some:

“exhibited unusual flight characteristics or performance, and require further analysis.”—CBS News, January 12, 2023

Illustration of of Mars and Earth orbiting the sun in what is known as a close approach. This is when the Earth and Mars are closest to each other in their orbits around the sun.

Considering the proximity of Earth to Mars, perhaps if these anomalous objects are from an extraterrestrial source, it’s not too far-fetched to wonder if their origins could be Mars.

“…reminder of how small and interconnected our planet appears when viewed from afar.”,appears%20when%20viewed%20from%20afar.

The HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took the above photo of our Earth and Moon from Mars. The Orbiter’s mission is to capture photos of Mars’ surface, but sometimes it’s pointed at our home to calibrate HiRise data. We are familiar with Earth’s characteristics like color and reflectance, so it makes an excellent subject for the camera.

HiRISE takes images in three wavelength bands: infrared, red, and blue-green, which are displayed here as red, green, and blue, respectively. This treatment of the data causes green vegetation to appear red. The landmass shown in the middle of Earth is Australia. Northwest of it, the lush vegetation of Southeast Asia and Asia gives that continent a red hue. The bright area near Earth’s southern pole is Antarctica. Other bright areas are clouds. The image also shows the western near-side of the Moon, which has large, dark, basaltic plains called maria.” — NASA Earth Observatory

Mars in Fiction

According to educator Emily Lakdawalla with The Planetary Society, the TV series Star Trek Picard comes closest to portraying Mars in its truest form.

Lakdawala was present at CBS’s screening of the first three episodes. These episodes open, showing orbitals of Mars. They were instantly recognizable, she said.

“Not just as in—hey, I get that this is supposed to be Mars, but—hey, I know that place and that place, and there’s Schiaparelli crater which means Opportunity landed right there to the left…”— Emily Lakdawala

Fiction Not so Much

Researchers found deposits of impact glass (in green) preserved in Martian craters, including Alga Crater, shown here. The detection is based on data from the instrument Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/JHUAPL/Univ. of Arizona

NASA explains the impact glass deposits (green) in the above photo were formed from the heat of a blast.

Such deposits might provide a delicate window into the possibility of past life on the Red Planet. NASA News

Scientist Peter Schultz of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, led a 2014 study which found organic molecules and plant matter entombed in glass formed by an impact that occurred millions of years ago in Argentina. Schultz suggested that similar processes might preserve signs of life on Mars, if they were present at the time of an impact.

Other Mars News

HiRise December 2022 captured this image.

Some say this recent Mars’ image resembles the face of a bear.

“possibly the remains of a buried impact crater”—NASA explains.

WHAT IS ON MARS AND WHERE? This infographic shows the location of every successful mission that has landed on Mars. It is free for media and non-commercial use with attribution. The Planetary Society
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Our solar system. Pixabay.
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2 replies on “Mars’ Update”

I like seeing the different images, which may or may not be signs of past lifes/lives? being there. Could be just how the shadows look, but I want to believe in the ‘otherwise’ explanations.
A fun fact you might not know about me … I took part in a poetry challenge years ago where we submit a haiku to be sent on a CD or something like that, to Mars. I didn’t win the contest, but my name and poem was sent along, too. The NASA name for this was Maven. 🙂

Hey Barbara, I know! The images fascinate me. And imagining what could be up there. Hidden in the dark places our rovers can’t see. Wow! Mind-blowing. Thank you for commenting.

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