The mysterious light on Mars captured by NASA’s space rover Curiosity has many UFO enthusiasts and alien theorists shouting to the heavens – literally!
As reported by Inquistr, the Navcam of the Curiosity rover beamed back mysterious photographs showing a gleaming light emanating from the surface of Mars back to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Immediately, UFO theorists began to cry aliens.
Ufosightingsdaily.com, a UFO blog, posted their take as to what the light on Mars really was – and NASA’s role in trying cover it up:
“An artificial light source was seen this week in this NASA photo which shows light shining upward from…the ground. This could indicate there 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 of the photo process. Look closely at the bottom of the light. It has a very flat surface giving us 100% indiction it is from the surface. Sure NASA could go and investigate it, but hey, they are not on Mars to discovery life, but there to stall its discovery.”
But before we jump immediately to the conclusion that the mysterious light on Mars is in some way alien in nature or related to UFOs or extraterrestrials, Fox News is reporting that there may be a more plausible explanation. Justin Maki, NASA’s lead for the engineering cameras, told Fox News:
“One possibility is that the light is the glint from a rock surface reflecting the sun. 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.”
Maki continued on with anotherpossible explanations for the light on Mars that didn’t involve aliens:
“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.”
Though scientists agree that the light on Mars is anything but UFO related, the public is not necessarily buying it. Combined with the recent deer UFO sightings in Mississippi and a host of pictures such as these has lead many UFO theorists to doubt anything NASA has to say when it comes to proof of alien life.
But in the end, minus that actual proof, the mysterious light on Mars may end up leaving UFO enthusiasts stuck in a familiar position: scanning the night’s sky in search of aliens.