Friday, February 21, 2014
Excited about aliens on the Moon and Mercury? Here’s the kind of detail you should be looking for.
IF there were alien objects in our solar system, this is how we’d find them. With recent wild claims of secret bases being found on the Moon and monumental artworks of human heads — not to mention alien buildings — on Mercury, the prospect of such Earth-shattering discoveries is high on people’s minds. The common feature of many of these claims is the blurry and overly-contrasted images. Amid the blocks black-and-white images, it’s easy for the imagination to run wild. But the cameras now in orbit around many of our solar system’s planets offer far better views. And they’ve shown us that we really can see structures and vehicles — if they exist. This week, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped a doozy.