Monday, December 31, 2007

NASA Mars Images Reveals a "Doorway" Structure

There is a strange door-like structure at the base of the mountain formation from a NASA image of Mars that is causing a stir. The first person to notice it wasn’t a NASA scientist, however, but rather a Russian reader of the portal R&D.Cnews, Alexander Novgorodov. Taking a closer look at an image taken by the spacecraft Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, he noticed an unusual morphology, which looks strikingly like a manmade doorway.

Of course, the object’s intriguing form does not denote the presence of a real doorway, nor would it imply that the mountain formation is of artificial origin. That would make an incredible story indeed, but the likely cause it boring old weather erosion. However, the peculiarities are of interest due to their unique morphology.

Interestingly, the "door-like structure" isn't the only such feature on Mars. Another has been noticed on the much-discussed D&M Pyramid in Cydonia (in multiple images, ruling out spacecraft imaging defects). Artificial? Until we have more evidence, it's your call.

For additional images of the D&M Pyramid, click here.


W.M. Bear said...

Isn't it amazing how erosion seems to create so many perfectly geometrical shapes on Mars. Let's say the chances of erosion creating one geometrical shape like this are, oh, I don't know, let's even pick a number on the high side like 50%. What are the chances of erosion creating TWO geometrical shapes? They are .5 x .5 = .25. If you keep multiplying this way, you realize that the chances of erosion creating even a HALF-DOZEN geometrical shapes like this are pretty slim.

And that's the whole argument. One or two geometrical shapes on Mars, OK, we'll call it erosion. But there seem to be many, many more than that -- not just these two "doors" (the one in the article and the one Mac pointed out). It's the frequency of these shapes and not the fact that any GIVEN shape might be explained away by "erosion" that seems to me to argue for a possible artificial origin.

I'd also note the "of course erosion" presupposition as an explanation in the article. Of COURSE it HAS to be erosion...doesn't it?...

dad2059 said...

I have to agree with the Bear on this one Mac. There seems to be way too many odd structures to be explained by erosion.

Now one could argue that the table top mesas in the south west and Grand Canyon regions have supposed geometric shapes that could be misconstrued as "artificial" in nature. But Earth has been aggressive ecologically for 4.6 billion years and we have no idea how long the Martian ecology was active, if at all.

Without sending a probe, or humans to actually explore these anomalies, everything is just a guess.

W.M. Bear said...

dad2059 -- Had I but world enough and time.... My research plan would be as follows:

First, make a thorough and systematic study of both natural formations on Earth (like the ones you describe) that LOOK like they are possibly artificial AND artificial structures that have eroded to the point where their artificiality is not perfectly obvious. In this study, I would include both aerial/orbital photos of large-scale structures and close-up, rover-style photos.

The next step would be to determine what the objective criteria are for distinguishing KNOWN natural from KNOWN artificial objects and structures on Earth. Then, we could apply these criteria to the field that is loosely called "planetary SETI," including the possible "ruins of Mars."

As an added note: A lot of the abstract mathematical analysis (I don't have time to look up the references right now, maybe later) that purports to demonstrate that the Cydonian "city" on Mars MUST be artificial leave me totally unconvinced. The point of the study I described would be to develop objective, data-based criteria for determining artificiality. To my knowledge, no one has so far done anything like this and, as I said, I simply don't have the time.

dad2059 said...

Good outline for a study and like you said, time consuming. Probably expensive too.

That alone would give politicians reason not to fund it.

One they would publically give anyway.

Disowned said...

I dunno - I think this one cold easily be explained as a shadow. Image it with the sun coming in from a different direction, and maybe we'd have something...

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