November 1, 2015
This NASA Earthworks Ancient Discovery Wasn't Supposed To Be Seen From Space

NASA revealed its findings from a recent snapshot of ancient Earthworks. The magnitude of each section is equivalent to "several football fields." More than a hundred of them are visible.

According to New York Times, one of them is being called the Ushtogaysky Square. It's supposedly named after the nearest village in that area of Kazakhstan, an Asian country which borders China.

These Earthworks are thought to be approximately 8,000 years old. The source quotes as follows.

"Satellite pictures of a remote and treeless northern steppe reveal colossal earthworks — geometric figures of squares, crosses, lines and rings the size of several football fields, recognizable only from the air..."
And they have, definitely, been recognized. However, NASA hasn't really been able to describe what they've been reviewing in the snapshots. As recent as two weeks ago, NASA released the photos it captured from nearly 430 miles above sea level. Senior biospheric scientist Compton J. Tucker said that this experience is something that he's never encountered. Likewise, he found it "remarkable."Similarly, Dmitriy Dey — an economist and archaeology enthusiast — mentioned that he doesn't think the Earthworks were supposed to be seen from space. He believes that they were horizontal observatories and were built to "track the movements of the rising sun."

Nevertheless, according to Quartz, the size of the Ushtogaysky Square is approximately 810,000 square feet. Each side is noted to be the length of an aircraft carrier, says the medium. With something of this size and magnitude, scientific authorities thought it was a hoax at first. Dr. Dey even mentioned the possibility of the structures being remnants of old Soviet installations.

However, through much research and investigation, NASA finds the information to be truthful. The agency believes in it so much that it has dedicated a task list for astronauts on the International Space Station. Now, part of the crew's duty is to capture images of the structures, as well as new and developing ones.

However, as the New York Times reports, it make take a while. Mission operations staff Melissa Higgins made the following statement as follows.
"It may take some time for the crew to take imagery of your site since we are under the mercy of sun elevation angles, weather constraints and crew schedule."
So, in line with what was aforementioned — from Mr. Dey's research — he mentions that the Mahandzhar cultures lived somewhere between the time of 7,000 B.C. and 5,000 B.C.

Doctor Persis B. Clarkson mentions that they were actually "nomads." Interestingly enough, he spoke on the presumption that they were forged, as well. However, this is what he said.

"The idea that foragers could amass the numbers of people necessary to undertake large-scale projects — like creating the Kazakhstan geoglyphs — has caused archaeologists to deeply rethink the nature and timing of sophisticated large-scale human organization as one that predates settled and civilized societies."
Even among all its confusion, it seemed difficult to understand up-close. Since all the lines point toward the horizon, no one could specifically determine their shapes. But now, from seeing the space view, it's confirmed. However, there's a complication within the project.

Eastern scientists and excavators say that they need better equipment to get that job done. The job being "digging up the mounds," says New York Times. It specifically noted that they "need modern technologies, like they have in the West."

However, to conclude, the medium also mentioned that time is the company's enemy. The longer it takes, the higher the potential to be destroyed increases. The Koga Cross, one of the similar figures, was destroyed in a likely manner. Even after they notified officials of what was happening, the workers still demolished the discovery.

Yet, nevertheless, these are awesome discoveries from NASA, all in all. There's possibly much more to come from the agency. What are your thoughts? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

[Photo by NASA / Getty Images News]