The image above was taken by the Microscopic Imaging Camera carried by NASA's Opportunity Rover: which is currently trundling across the Martian surface. The picture is a close-up of that surface. Can you see anything unusual in this picture?
Perhaps if I show you another.
(I added the red arrow)
Now do you see it? What is it – do you think - that we are looking at here? The thing is – regardless of what this object might be – it really shouldn't there at all. This object has nothing, whatsoever, to do with the Opportunity Rover that took this image. It isn't a component that has fallen off the Rover. Nor is it a mark left by the Rover's rock abrasion tool (RAT).
Yet there it is. Clearly, a manufactured object/artifact on the surface of Mars.
Let's take a closer look at this object.
(Besides enlarging the image I've also adjusted the contrast to bring out the object more clearly.)
So here it is in all its glory – an alien artifact found on the surface of The Red Planet.
Here I've given names to the artifact's features.
(NB. These are quite arbitrary. I haven't really got a clue about this object's intended function.)
What I would draw your attention to is the 'flow-curve' feature located at the point where the rectangular extension and cirular housing join together to form a 'key hole' shape'. This – I would argue – is evidence of aesthetically intelligent design. Whoever made this artifact was concerned about both form and function.
So what are we to make of it then? This object has probably been embedded in the Martian surface for a great many years: centuries, or even millennia perhaps. It does show signs of corrosion. But the main question has to be: is whoever made it still around?
There are other questions of course. One being: both Rovers – Opportunity and Spirit - are equiped with miniature mass spectrometers; does NASA know what this object is made of?
Also – speaking of NASA – does the release of this image mean that 'disclosure' is now a 'done deal'?
One – monumental - inference that can safely be drawn here is that we now know: beyond any shadow of a doubt, that we are not alone in the Universe. Extraterrestrial races are out there. And they aren't just millions of light years away on the other side of the galaxy. They are right here in our Solar System. Right here in our backyard.
And - what's more – they are leaving evidence behind: evidence left for us to find, to let us know that they are, indeed, out there.
The original images can be viewed on NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory website by following this link: