posted on Jul, 17 2008 @ 06:22 PM
The image of Eros is certainly interesting.
You opinion over Miranda however is flawed.
Miranda is on the size limit for a body to pull itself into a virtually spherical shape via its own gravity.As a result of this (and other factors)
its features are quite unlike any other planetary body.
Several of the images of Miranda you display are either Arden,Elsinore or Inverness.They are very interesting scientifically,but to the conspiracy
fan,nothing more than individual geological features termed Corona (nothing to do with Venus`s coronae,except maybe for the concentric pattern).
One problematic image is the one claiming to show `domed` structures.This is a result of image processing,not Miranda`s surface.The bright areas you
claim are domes are actually bright impact craters,located on a feature called Elsinore corona.
Again,another incorrect interpretation is of the "structure" "16Km length 4 km width",it is nothing more than a cliff,with the cliff face running
up centre/middle of image (large bright area lacking in radiation darkened ice/dust which covers surface),viewed down and slightly left,with direction
of illumination coming from right of picture,thus hitting higher albedo of cliff face nicely.
Interpreting illuminated topography is an important skill,angle/direction of sunlight can make hills look like holes and play various tricks on
untrained eyes.This is an error frequently made on websites such as this.
Important thing to know is that cryovolcanism on Uranus`s regular satelites would produce lava ices rich in ammonia,resulting in highly viscous
flows.This is the case for Miranda,it also explains the strange topography around the coronae,Elsinore in particular.
Another factor which may/may not have played a role in shaping Mirandas strange surface is tidal forces.There is a possibility that in its history
Miranda may have been in orbital resonance with Airiel or Umbriel.The combined tidal forces,combined with the borderline gravity to pull itself
spherical allows the possibility that Miranda may have fragmented then re-accreated.One cannot rule out the possibility of a giant collision,which any
moon orbiting close to a giant planet risks.Whatever,Miranda shows signs of possible re-accretion.
Simply put,there is no logical,scientific reason for Miranda (or 99% of other planetary bodies) to be on a conspiracy website.
Im sure there are people here who will ignore the science and believe that Miranda is just one of many Solar System bodies which harbour,or atleast
exhibit signs of intelligent life.