Although the pictures taken by the Curiosity rover on April 2 and 3, which showed a bright flash are believed to be the proof that there is life on the Red Planet, NASA has cleared the air when stating that the Mars mystery light is commonplace and occurs almost on a weekly basis. Three explanations have been offered so far and the agency’s imaging scientist Justin Maki believes that the light could come from a rock surface that reflects the sun, a glitch of the camera or a cosmic-ray hit. The Curiosity rover is currently performing extensive investigations on Mars and, after it finishes examining the region of Yellowknife Bay, it will continue with its last mission, which takes place in the area of Mount Sharp.
Speculations have been made around the mystery light caught by the Curiosity rover on Mars, but NASA says the occurrence is commonplace. While UFO enthusiasts like blogger Scott Waring are certain that the photograph suggest there are intelligent creates living underground, Ben Biggs, editor of All About Space magazine stated that the agency is perceived as a credible source, so “it needs to exhaust every other likely explanation before it can begin to explore less realistic phenomena.” The origin of the light remains unknown, but the agency’s explanations bet on logic and science.
NASA is set to prove that the mystery light captured by the Curiosity rover is commonplace and Maki believes that “the light is the glint from a rock surface reflecting the sun.” His supposition is based on the fact that the sun is in the same direction as the light, so a rock surface could have reflected it, especially since it was “relatively low in the sky.”
NASA does not exclude the possibility of a glitch coming from the Curiosity rover, since this is not the first time it happened. Previously, other cameras on Mars rovers, including Curiosity have captured the sunlight, an occurrence which is determined by the alignment of the camera with “the geometry of the incoming sunlight.”
Maki stated that the bright spot could also be a cosmic-ray hit and admitted that the Curiosity rover captures such pictures “nearly every week.” In an email to NBC News, NASA’s imaging scientist added that the possibility of two cosmic ray hits happening in two distinct images which are pointed in the same direction is not far-fetched.
Waring stated on his website that the agency has not launched the Curiosity rover on Mars “to discover life,” but to hinder the uncovering of extraterrestrial life. Regardless of what UFO enthusiasts believe, the Curiosity rover offers scientists a lot of data about the planet’s history. The area dubbed “Kimberley,” which unites four types of rocks along with the rover’s next destination could prove that the Red Planet was once habitable enough to sustain life.
Irrespective of what the mystery light captured by the Curiosity rover on Mars was, NASA is certain that it has nothing to do with life and, if the theories are right, the occurrence is commonplace. The agency’s explanations did not satisfy the UFO enthusiasts’ taste for the unknown, but by the time the rover finishes its mission, scientists from NASA will be able to offer a more accurate answer to the questions related to Mars’ capability to sustain life.
By Gabriela Motroc