The Base on Mars

This story reminds me of when I was duped into making a last-minute addition to the 1990 Worldcon program that turned out to be a lecture about the “Face on Mars”:

Space.com reports a self-described “armchair astronaut” claims to have identified a human (or alien) base on Mars.

David Martines noticed a mysterious rectangular structure that appears to be on the Red Planet’s surface while trolling the planetary surface using Google Mars, a new map program created from compiled satellite images of the planet.

“This is a video of something I discovered on Google Mars quite by accident,” said Martines, the armchair astronaut, in a now-viral YouTube video. “I call it Bio Station Alpha, because I’m just assuming that something lives in it or has lived in it.”

What he’s seeing — a long, pixelated, white object — is located at 49’19.73″N 29 33’06.53″W. “It’s over 700 feet long and 150 feet wide. It looks like it’s a cylinder or made up of cylinders,” says Martines.

However, that intergalactic party pooper, Alfred McEwen, the principal investigator of the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), a powerful telescope currently orbiting Mars, says what Martines sees is not on Mars, only on the photo. It’s nothing more than a flaw in the image, a linear streak produced by a cosmic ray interfering with the camera.

The truth is out there – but this time, it’s not that far out.

One thought on “The Base on Mars

  1. Jerry Pournelle at Chaos Manor has an even lower-tech explanation:

    I have seen a claim that it’s a blip caused by a cosmic ray strike to the imager, but it sure doesn’t look random to me. It looks to me like something photoshopped into the image, complete with sharp edges, but of course that could simply be bulldozing of the site… It could be but if I had to bet I’d bet on image alteration.

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