The following is a translation of an article in the swedish newspaper "Dagens Nyheter" (DN.se), dated June 12th:
WHITE SPOT ON MARS IMAGE CREATES DEBATE
Already the first day on Mars the Phoenix lander took an image which has made conspiracy theorists and ET-buffs suspicious. The image shows that NASA
in reality is trying to hide the real discoveries, according to a well known website.
The last couple of weeks images from Mars have been sent to earth. NASA's Mars lander Phoenix is photographing it's surroundings at the landing site
at the planet's north pole. On one of the images a white spot can be seen near the horizon. A spot that now creates debate on the Internet. Already
after a couple of days the first speculations began that NASA is manipulating the images from Mars.
One of the web sites which is dedicated to prove that NASA is hiding the "fact" that Mars is or has been populated by a high level civilization, is
Joseph Skipper's "Mars Anomaly Research".
Skipper writes on his website that the white spot is a sign that NASA has airbrushed and removed something from the original image. Skipper also says
that he doesn't belive NASA has told the truth about the Phoenix project, and that NASA has a secret agenda.
"I doubt that anything we are going to see of what is made public is real. The thing that worries me, is what the Phoenix lander really is doing,
where it really is located and why it is surrounded by so much secrecy," he writes.
Skipper has enlarged the Phoenix image 500 times, which give very strange effects. But to enlarge an image so many times, only creates digital effects
which don't show any real objects. In the end only the pixels are visible.
Accusations about hiding the truth from the public have made Peter Smith, leader of the scientific work during the Phoenix project, react. DN sent a
mail and asked him to comment on the images and the white spot, and he answers:
"The image you have seen is the only available at the moment. We are planning to take images with higher resolution, but that has not been done yet.
It is an interesting white object, but not very unusual."
When we ask if NASA is misleading the public, Smith gets agitated:
"To those who choose to believe that a group of professional scientists are spending their time manipulating data and that they are making up
conspiracies to mislead stupid people, who we have never met and are not the least interested in, to those I want to say that the research we are
doing is a thousand times more real and interesting than the paranoid fantasies which are being discussed on the web site you sent me a link to."
The discussion about what is happening on Mars reminds of the plot in the movie "Capricorn One", where a future manned mission to Mars is faked by
NASA, who in stead keeps the whole world in the dark. That was a movie, but now many are taking those accusations seriously.
The last time a similar discussion took plase, was about an object which resembled a face was seen on images from the american Viking sond in 1976.
Later, when another sond took better images from the area, it turned out that the "face" was a usual formation without any human characteristics.
Link to article with the image in question:
Link to Joseph Skipper's website: