The Dawn Spacecraft has accomplished something amazing: It is the only spacecraft to ever orbit two extraterrestrial destinations. Dawn finally entered orbit around dwarf planet Ceres on March 6, 2015, marking the huge milestone for the NASA space program.
However, the Ceres orbit came with little fanfare despite the fact that scientists say the spacecraft is now in a position to take close-up images of some perplexing features of the mysterious planet. The photos will offer “exciting and tantalizing new perspectives” that have never been seen before.
The Dawn Spacecraft blog notes that the spacecraft arrived at about 4:39 a.m. PST on March 6, 2015, to orbit the dwarf planet Ceres. Leading up to the orbit, Dawn has been taking numerous photos of Ceres on approach. However, the photos have brought more questions than answers. The planet is heavily cratered and has multiple mysterious bright lights located across the surface, the likes of which are unknown to NASA observers. In addition to the strange, flickering lights on Ceres’ surface, Dawn photographs also reveal a circular “pancake” impression just south of the planet’s equator. The object is decidedly too shallow to be an impact crater; therefore, the perfect circular shape has left scientists perplexed.
It has been noted numerous times by NASA scientists that as Dawn reaches orbit and is able to send more highly-detailed photographs back to Earth, scientists would likely be able to determine the source of the strange bright lights and pancake feature.
“It is impossible not to be mesmerized by what appear to be glowing beacons, shining out across the cosmic seas from the uncharted lands ahead. But the answer hasn’t changed: we don’t know. There are many intriguing speculations, but we need more data, and Dawn will take photos and myriad other measurements as it spirals closer and closer during the year. For now, we simply know too little.”
With Dawn now in orbit, many had hoped to have immediate up-close photos of the strange features of the mysterious dwarf planet. However, since the orbit, NASA has not released any new photos or data about Ceres. This has left UFOlogists to speculate about the potential for alien life on the possibly habitable planet.
Discovery News notes that the potential for life on Ceres, in the present or past, is very real, as an icy ocean likely lurks below the surface.
“We expect that in the past that there was ocean in Ceres in contact with the rock beneath an ice cap. And that raises the prospect that Ceres had conditions and chemistry suitable for microbial life to evolve. We expect that (Ceres) had astrobiological potential.”
UFOlogists note that the bright lights could be “electric white lights or massive reflectors on a pair of massive doors guarding the entrance into an underground alien UFO space station. The flashing bright lights probably act as beacons to guide alien UFO craft approaching the entrance to the underground facility.” Mysterious Universe claims that NASA’s acknowledgement of something unidentified on the surface of Ceres is serious news.
“When NASA actually makes a comment about a UFO, even if it’s just to deny it and give its own explanation, it’s big news. When NASA makes two comments about UFOs in one week, it’s even bigger news.”
Many NASA scientists note that the bright spots are likely salt or surface ice deposits, but that hasn’t stopped the conspiracy theories from flying. In fact, it seems that the silence from NASA since Dawn’s record-setting orbit is only perpetuating the issue. However, there is a likely explanation for the lack of new information. An updated schedule posted to the Ceres blog shows that the next series of photographs and data are not scheduled to be released until April 10.
Why would the photo schedule be so intermittent with long delays? The simply answer lies within the power source needed for the Dawn Spacecraft to function. The spacecraft will need long delays to ensure they are using their energy most effectively. Therefore, photos will be taken as Dawn moves closer to the planet.
What do you think? Is NASA waiting too long to provide updated photos of the dwarf planet Ceres? With so many unexplained features on Ceres, should photos be released as they are obtained? Do you agree with UFOlogists that NASA is responsible for covering up proof of extraterrestrial life?