Last night when I took our puppies for a walk (no one lives near us, so it’s safe), I looked up at the night sky (no street light interference either). It took my breath away. All the stars, all the deep dark secrets it holds and has yet to reveal.
Did you remember that on April 6, 2014, NASA’s rover, Curiosity, photographed an unidentified light beam (ULB), emitted from the surface of Mars into the sky.
This last summer, June 16, the Curiosity again snapped an image of an unexplainable, mysterious light. Our rover has been roaming Mars since August 6, 2012. It has 17 cameras on board and sends an abundance of photos each day. And yes there are other pictures of mysterious lights.
In fact, back in 2014, leader of the team who built and operates the rover’s Navacams, Justin Maki, said they see photos with bright spots nearly every week. “We think it’s either a vent-hole leak or a glinty rock,” Maki said.
Sure. Could be a “glinty rock.” I see glinty rocks emitting powerful beams of light here on earth all the time. Right? Maybe not.
You gotta wonder, is it some Martian Alien Hunters searching the skies for us? Cause we’re out there. At lease, Curiosity is. And why, secretly, do I kinda hope Mars has some type of life form. Now, I’m not hoping it’s an aggressive alien species planning to attack Earth. (I think that’s already happened with the Coronavirus.)
What I’m saying is, there are others like me who get excited about the speculation of ETs. Be it our imaginations in overdrive or a scientific mind hoping to find answers to the hows and whys of our existence. Whatever it is, it’s a fact, some of us get a little giddy with the anticipation of we are not alone.
Check it out and tell me what you think.
Another NASA Finding on Mars
Besides the mysterious light beams, in June 2019: Curiosity found the methane level on Mars has sharply increased—the largest amount of the gas the rover has ever found. What do methane levels on Mars have to do with anything?
Most of our methane on Earth comes from life. Mainly from anaerobic microbes called methanogens, such as in the guts of cows but also from the decay of plant matter and other biological processes in places like wetlands.
Yep. Increased methane levels on Mars could mean life. Scientists go on to say, however, methane can also be created through interactions between rocks and water. Currently, our rover cannot detect the difference between biological or geological methane production.
SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars)Principal Investigator, Paul Mahaffy, of NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland said, “With our current measurements, we have no way of telling if the methane source is biology or geology, or even ancient or modern.”
To exobiologists, methane is the aroma of life. To planetary scientists, it is a greenhouse gas and a key ingredient of atmospheres on a variety of worlds. On Mars, it is a scientific bonanza. To those of us with overactive imaginations, it’s more than a glinty rock.
Another Cool Video
For those who would rather watch than read.
The Probe—probing the unknown in science fiction, science, paranormal, fiction, ghosts, monsters, aliens, space, UFOs, the strange, and the weird.