A new photo snapped by NASA’s intrepid Curiosity rover appears to have captured a mysterious incandescence on Mars.
The photo, which seems to show a illuminate swimming above the planet’s surface, was taken on June 16, or Sol 2438, of Curiosity’s mission to explore the Red Planet. Martian days are known as Sols and last for 24 hours, 39 times and 35 seconds, intending a year- or one orbit around the Sun- is 668 Sols( or 687 periods ).
Suffice to say, it is probably not an indication of alien life, although NASA will blithely acknowledge it’s an anomaly.
So, what is going on here?
Curiosity has been roaming lens flare from the camera.
Curiosity takes paintings utilizing two Navcams that act as its left and right eyes. If it was light glinting off a particularly shiny rock, it would probably be snapped up by both cameras, although that isn’t always the case. In this instance, the photo was taken by the right Navcam, the left apparently preoccupied with attempting a selfie.
If you’re reasoning it may have been a particularly clever alien spacecraft that knew how to avoid at least one camera, it would have had to be an improbably speedy spacecraft too, as the raw data shows the images taken fractionally before and after the image was snapped, and neither shows the blob of light.
It’s more likely the bright place is a cosmic ray, as according to NASA, they pop up in images Curiosity mails residence each week.
“In the thousands of images we’ve received from Curiosity, we interpret ones with bright smudges nearly every week, ” Justin Maki, leader of the team that constructed and controls Curiosity’s Navcams, explained back in 2014 after another image induced the headlines. “These can be caused by cosmic-ray reaches or sunlight glinting from stone surfa