This is not a repeat from a few days ago, but a look at a few other recent unusual findings in faraway places — specifically, Mars.
There was some buzz last week when a few media outlets reported that a “monolith” has been detected on the surface of the red planet. Just as quickly, there were other outlets repudiating the claim, suggesting that the object was simply the result of shadows and light playing tricks with a boulder. Of course, until we land there and check for ourselves, there will be debate and controversy.
Then again, debating the existence of faces and other objects on the surface of Mars is nothing new — “astronomer” Richard Hoagland has dedicated years of research to the “monuments of Mars” on the Cydonia plain, as well as numerous other space-related theories dedicated to the idea that there have been others out there before us.
And of course, NASA has pretty much debunked all that also.
This item about a new object spotted on the Martian surface brought up an another interesting story that came up recently — that another monolith was spotted in the neighborhood of Mars, this time on the moon of Phobos.
The images were taken by the Mars Global Surveyor in 1998, so this story is a bit old news. But as mentioned, it’s in the news again because when astronaut Buzz Aldrin was recently questioned on C-SPAN about the current state of the space program and returning to the moon, he brought up this particular object on Phobos, as you can see here —
Sure, it might just be a naturally occurring oddly shaped rock, but where’s the fun in that?