A YouTube user StephenHannardADGUK put a curious rover image through a series of filters. The results were shocking as a number of UFO-type objects, or specks or blotches, appeared in the sky above.
“After watching the video, it is actually quite clear that these are one-pixel sized image anomalies,” said video analyst Marc Dantonio, who has experience in examining UFO videos.
“I fully concur at this point that these are dead pixels on the imager. All CCD [cameras] have them, and in a bland atmosphere like that at Mars, they would be very obvious as opposed to an active atmosphere like Earth, where they could end up hidden for a long time before anyone noticed them.”
The mysteries began as soon as the nuclear-powered rover had hardly touched down on the surface of Mars on Aug. 5, reports The Huffington Post.
Curiosity landed in Gale Crater near the equator to find out whether environmental conditions could have favoured microbes. Shortly after the landing the rover started sending back an image to Earth of something that looked like a dust storm in the distance.
However, 45 minutes later, another image snapped of the same location by Curiosity showed the anomaly was gone.
“If you look at the left image, we believe we’ve caught what is the descent stage impact on the Martian surface,” said NASA engineer Steven Sell.
“The descent stage would have already impacted by the time this picture was taken,” Sell told reporters at the JPL in Pasadena, Calif. “But the evidence we have that this is something we caused is the fact that the same image from the same camera taken 45 minutes later – that artifact is not there anymore.”
Former NASA Scientist and Author of “Let’s Talk UFOs,” Dr. David Nelson has contacted me through Ringside Report with his findings on the Mars Rover UFOs, “As far as these photographs being ‘anomalies,’ I must disagree.”
“They seem to follow a pattern of intelligent control and when added to the other images that have been dismissed as blurs or tricks of light, the picture begins to become clear,” the expert continued.
“Do not be surprised if we find something amazing on the red planet…but do be surprised if we are allowed to see it.”
Meanwhile, the Curiosity rover continues making its first baby steps on the way to exploring the terrain around it.
Mission engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California revealed their plan to send Curiosity the computer commands to send it on its first short trip.
If everything works as planned, the Mars rover will move forward three meters (about 10 feet), turn right 90 degrees, and then back up a little bit, ABC News says.
Which is more, NASA believes that the rover will be able to travel more than 100 yards per day for at least two years, probing the Martian landscape for signs of microbial life.
“You will definitely see tracks,” said Mike Watkins, the mission manager, in a teleconference. The test drive will show whether the rover’s six wheels are working properly and whether it’s ready to move on later this week.
“We want to park it in a place we’ve imaged with our stereo cameras,” said Watkins, “just to make sure there’s nothing there.”
Controllers report that the Curiosity rover is in good shape so far after its nail-biter of a landing though a small wind detector is damaged.