Is that glimmer of light a glimmer of hope for life on Mars?
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
Two photos recently captured by NASA have internet users and experts alike debating a mysterious light seen on the surface of Mars. Is there an explanation… or is it aliens?
If you look hard enough at the photos, you can see a glimmer of light captured on the horizon of Mars. But what if the light is actually life – Martians of some kind? Some folks on the internet are convinced.
Richard Miller is an astrophysics professor at the University of Alabama – Huntsville. He said before you jump to conclusions about the photos, you should listen up.
"If it was truly something in the far-off distance, it would have been seen in both cameras, and it wasn't," said Miller.
Miller said NASA uses two cameras on the rover the photos were captured on. They go off simultaneously, so anything seen in one should be seen in the other. If not, there is an explanation.
"It happens to all our cameras – it happens to your news camera," Miller told us. "Occasionally it leaves something that makes the internet start rumors."
Miller said the figure of light is more than likely just a cosmic ray that interacted with the sensor on one of the cameras. The news is likely to be a disappointment to some, but believe it or not, also to scientists like Miller.
"Don't get me wrong, I want there to be aliens as much as anybody, but this is not evidence for aliens," he said.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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