Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NASA explains image showing alien on the Moon. You can also watch the press conference.

A video went viral this week capturing what seems to be an "alien" figure walking on the moon.The short, eerie video showed images taken from Google Moon and zoomed in on what seems to be an extraterrestrial being. 
Youtube user wowforreel posted the video and it instantly went viral and received more than 2 million views in less than a month. He believes that a creature is walking on the surface of the moon.
Wowforreel started investigating the video after receiving an online tip from another user called Jasenko where he speculates that an irregular shaped dark spot could probably be a shadow cast by someone or something standing on a massive object.
Anyone can view the "man on the moon" image on Google Moon at 27°34'26.35″N 19°36'4.75″W.
According to the Examiner, it even resembles the ancient Greek statue "Colossus of Rhodes" before its destruction from an earthquake in 226 B.C.
But NASA has announced otherwise stating it is just dust or even an eyelash collected on a film that took that image.
Watch the press conference from NASA.
According to Noah Petro, a deputy project scientist for the Lunar Renaissance Orbiter (LROC) mission that is currently in the moon's orbit, the images are probably taken from either Apollo 15 or 17 which were manned missions to the moon in 1971 and 1972.
Petro confirms this to Pix11 by pointing out that a current LROC does not reveal any lunar feature closely resembling that "man on the moon" image that could cause that pattern on the ground.
He said that his best guess is that something such as dust, an eyelash or even a scratch on the negative was on the film of that photo.
However, this phenomenon is likely attributed to pareidolia, a psychological response to seeing faces or anything that resembles anything human-like which is common to space photos.
Earlier this week, the Rosetta spacecraft captured a "human face" appearance as it entered the orbit of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet.