A UFO hunter perusing a NASA photograph has spotted what he believes is a three-mile-high spire — an antenna — built atop the flat roof of a complex constructed by aliens as part of a Moon base. According to the UFO enthusiast, the giant antenna is part of a mining operation where alien beings are extracting minerals from the Moon for their own use.
The Sun reported last week that UFO hunter Mark Sawalha of Finland, who was in search of supporting evidence for his theory that there are aliens living on the Moon, came across an anomaly in the moonscape. He says he believes that a three-mile-high spike that can be seen in the NASA Lunar Orbiter photograph is actually an antenna for an underground Moon base operated by extraterrestrials.
“I think this finding could be the antenna of an underground alien base, because there is a plateau under the spike,” he told the Sun.
“I guess that there are also some kind of mining activities going on the Moon. Aliens are using moon minerals and they have bases there too. Many other findings support this theory.”
Sawalha did not elaborate on the support of the theory of which he spoke or if he was speaking toward the theory or moon minerals being used by aliens, if there were Moon bases on Earth’s satellite, or even he if was referring to a conflation of the two ideas. He instead veered into what is usually relegated to conspiracy theory territory, pointing to a NASA cover-up of information of such things.
“I guess that NASA knows these things very well but they have not published these findings,” Sawalha continued. “That’s maybe the reason that they have not sent any new missions to the moon since Apollo flights.”
While it is true that the NASA photo does appear to contain a tall, relatively speaking, dark spike on the lunar surface, it is not immediately clear what the lengthy structure might be. His theory of a Moon base notwithstanding, Sawalha has noted on his own website that he is fairly new to “finding Alien anomalies (mechanical structures, buildings, etc) on our solar system.”
He goes on to explain, “I got interested about this topic after I found these strange structures on Nasa images myself. I am sure that these findings are real. We have still a lot to learn from our neighbour planets and whats happening there.”
But not everyone is as convinced as Mark Sawalha that the spire is an antenna or even an artifact constructed by aliens. In fact, expert UFO researcher Nigel Watson, the author of the UFO Investigations Manual, told the Daily Mail that Sawalha’s Moon antenna was nothing more than an optical illusion.
“There are plenty of alternative explanations that don’t involve the intervention of aliens,” he said, “but enthusiasts are always eager to leap on anything unusual and build them into their extraterrestrial fantasies.”
The act of taking an object or a series of objects and attributing a familiar pattern is known as pareidolia, which is a psychological construct that occurs when the brain attempts to make familiar something that is not. It is a perception technique that allows humans to see familiar shapes in clouds and people in constellations, for example.
Sawalha’s Moon base antenna is the second spire to be found on the lunar surface this year. According to the blog UFO Sightings Daily, YouTube user MexicoGeek (the same user who spotted that miles-long underwater “alien city” off the coast of Baja California, in July, as reported by Inquisitr) re-discovered the spire (first spotting: 1967), which was estimated to be 3.5 miles high.
But, as Noah Petro, a project scientist for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) mission, explained to the Huffington Post, the perceived structure on the Moon wasn’t a spire at all.
“That’s no spire! What is going on is that there is a small crater that formed on the rim, after the larger crater, Mersenius E.”
Petro stated that there was “nothing there that is unusual compared to any other areas on the moon.” He said that the darker “cascade of material” seen (that gave the impression of length to the very tall “spire”) was most likely Moon rocks and dust that had fallen to the larger crater’s floor.
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