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Curiosity Rover Catches White Light Image on Mars


NASA’s Curiosity rover has taken an image of a bright beam of light on the rocky plains of Mars. According to Scott Waring of the website UFO Sightings Daily noticed the mysterious spot in a photo taken by the rover on April 3, Waring wrote:

An artificial light source was seen this week in this NASA photo which shows light shining upward fromthe ground. This could indicate that there is intelligent life below the ground and uses light as we do. This is not a glare from the sun, nor is it an artifact if the photo process. Look closely at the bottom of the light. It has a very flat surface giving us 100% indication it is from the surface.


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On April 2, the Curiosity rover caught the same image from a slightly different angle.   A scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab pointed out that while the light appears in the image taken by the rover camera’s “right eye,” it doesn’t appear in the images taken only seconds later by the camera’s “left eye.”

Jet Propulsion scientist, Dr. Justin Maki, said, “One possibility is that the light is the glint from a rock surface reflecting the sun,” he told the Huffington Post in an email. “when these images were taken each day, the sun was in the same direction as the bright spot, west-northwest from the rover, and relatively low in the sky.” The light could also be simply a photographic artifact resulting from the “charge-coupled device” (CCD) that the camera uses to capture images.

“The rover science team is also looking at the possibility that the bright spots could be sunlight reaching the camera’s CCD directly through a vent hole in the camera housing, which has happened previously on other cameras on Curiosity and other Mars rovers when the geometry of the incoming sunlight relative to the camera is precisely aligned,” Maki added.   It’s not the first time anomalies have been seen on the surface of Mars. Some claim to see rat shaped rocks and rocks that appear out of nowhere. Even jelly donut shaped rocks.

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