Star City on Mars:
The curious formation seen here has been dubbed the Star City. It's a complex structure that some researchers say shows walls of artificial
The structure is located on the Syrtis Major Planum area and is part of a large area of strange patterns, geometric objects and other curiosities that
look for all the world like tubes and tunnels.
According to Star City - A Second Cydonia?, the structures most likely have a natural origin: "Large domes and tubes, volcanic in origin, cover the
landscape, and several of the domes have partially collapsed, creating interesting structures. In many cases the uncollapsed parts are probably
partially hollow and may provide a shelter from the extreme Martian environment."
Indeed, just because a feature looks artificial doesn't mean that it is. We are only beginning to understand Mars' climate, geology and processes.
It is still hotly debated whether or not Mars ever had flowing water - and perhaps still does. Yet there are some features of this strange planet that
are truly mystifying....
Scientists say it is highly unlikely that there is any freestanding or flowing water on Mars, and almost certainly no life. So we'd like to get a
good explanation for this photo taken by the Mars Express orbiter. In stark contrast to the surrounding familiar rust-red rock of the planet is this
ribbon of blue-green "something" in a canyon. If we were to see such a feature in an aerial photo of the Earth, we would quickly assume that it is a
body of water.
A number of questions arise: Are the colors accurate? The US orbiters have not shown such colors in any of their photos. If the colors are accurate,
what accounts for them? Lifeless mineral deposits? Or do they reveal the existence of water... or, more remarkably, a kind of Martian blue-green algae
Golf Ball Crater on Mars:
Here is one of the most peculiar craters on Mars. Taken by the Mars Global Surveyor, the photo clearly shows an ordinary-looking crater with something
extraordinary-looking inside it. Off-center is a dome-like structure, nearly perfectly spherical, that appears to have a golf ball-like texture... or
that of a Buckminster Fuller geodesic construction.
More intriguing, this dome stands very near what looks like a system of tunnels or conduits that run above and below the Martian surface. Small
tunnels seem to connect to large tunnels, like some kind of enormous drainage system. (There is a similar crater and dome in this photo.)
Monolith on Mars:
This photo of a mysterious object on the surface of Mars was snapped by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter from 165 miles up. It appears to show a
free-standing geometric block of undetermined height. It immediately brings to mind, of course, the alien-created monolith from the film 2001: A Space
Odyssey. But is this object artificial?
A scientist from the University of Arizona is quoted as saying, "In reality it's more likely that this boulder has been created by breaking away
from the bedrock to create a rectangular-shaped feature." If so, where is the bedrock from which it has been broken? Where is the stone that
fractured off to create this shape? The object seems to be standing quite on its own on a plain of soil. We cannot say it is an artificial creation,
of course, but we can add it to the growing list of peculiar Martian anomalies. Read more here:
[edit on 26-4-2010 by -Blackout-]