A man who believes he's discovered proof of life on Mars has named the cylindrical structure he claims to have found on the planet as Bio Station Alpha. The video of his discovery, found via Google Mars, has received nearly a million views. But, is it really an artificial structure? Scientists say, 'no.'
Martines, who uploaded his video to YouTube on May 28, pondered the supposed structure's purpose. "It could be a power station," he said in his video, "or it could be a biological containment or it could be a glorified garage -- hope it's not a weapon." Oh, dear, please spare the world from idiotic alien invasion conspiracy theories!
Anyway, Alfred McEwen claims that the "bio station" is actually nothing more than a "linear streak artifact created by a cosmic ray." McEwan is the lead scientist in the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), which is a powerful telescope orbiting Mars. The rays are energetic particles emanated by the sun and other stars. When orbiting telescopes take photos of Mars or other things in space, the images go through a compressing process in the camera, making the rays look as if they're cylindrical. McEwan couldn't tell which orbiting telescope took the photo, so he wasn't sure what the raw data showed.
Clearly miffed at this, he said, "The people at Google need to document what the heck they're doing. They should be able to identify what the source of their information is, and let people know so they can go back and look at the raw data."
Another critic of Martines' Bio Station Alpha theory is another YouTube user who goes by the name of buzzology1990. Buzzology1990 posted his own video of screen caps, showing how the image Martines claims is a structure is actually just a mineral or salt deposit. Others think it is a dry ice deposit, as this image is near one of the poles on Mars.
Whatever it is, David Martines and his YouTube video have generated a lot of interest and speculation about life on Mars and on other worlds.
You can watch Martines' original video here.
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