Another Curiosity UFO Sighting

Posted by Henry Paterson | September 13, 2012 17

What qualifies as a UFO seen on another planet?

Humans have been sending cameras to other planets for roughly forty years now. Some people believe that some of those cameras have given us new evidence of the unexplained. Bringing that series up to date is the Mars Rover, Curiosity. For a robot it would seem to be getting more attention than a Kardashian some days. Of course it takes a UFO to get us to notice it. Not the first unexplained image to come from Curio’s cameras, here is the newest. Until next week.

Now it is likely that since Curiousity is just the latest thing to go viral on the internet, scrutiny of its images is so unwittingly crowd sourced that any anomaly will be spotted and quickly identified as something…um, unidentified. But then Curiosity is on Mars, where pretty much everything we did not put there is unidentified. As to this object being an alien visitor? Or possibly a Martian craft?

Who Could It Be

Let us for a moment consult the Usual Supects:

Or maybe

It might even be


Okay, okay, lets take it a little more seriously

Well even a casual glance at the video shows odd pixelization around the object when zoomed in. Of course that will be explained as a field of some sort around the craft? Who here can say it isn’t? Except that if the camera has the resolution to see that field why does it not have the resolution to get a better close up image? Or it is an artefact of the zooming process, digital photography and transmission can do strange things to images. It would be a bit hypocritical to dismiss prior reported sightings of UFOs near the sun, or following Mercury in its orbit as digital artefacts and then claim that this pixelization is evidence of tampering. Wouldn’t it?

A few things we can say for (fairly) certain. This is not a bug on the lens. And it is probably not a frisbee. Nor is Curiosity pulling a hoax on us. That just leaves the other few thousand, hundred thousand, how ever many people out there pouring over every image from the rover for proof of aliens. And It does beg the question, why would they be visiting Mars? It is to all observation a dead world, and there is a living and pretty lively one right next door. We have drinking, and shooting, and people staying up all night. Sounds like a party to me. We are just dying for some attention over here and practically shouting to the neighborhood to come on over.

Oh, and did I need to point out that the camera is quite obviously pointing in a different direction in the second view? Even if there is an object flying around the Martian atmosphere looking for a all night taco stand, we wouldn’t likely see it by pointing the camera somewhere else.

Is there something in the first set of images? Yes, was it there when the picture was taken? To assume either way is to be as guilty of assumption as to say it is proof of aliens visiting Mars, or Martians out for an afternoon of flying. There is at least some justifiable reason for ET to come for a visit on Earth. Many people, from the laymen to members of the scientific community have postulated possible motives of alien visitation could range from colonization to mining to either benevolent or malevolent overlordship, or the conflict between the two.

Mars would seem to have very little to offer in any of those arenas unless we are going to add joy riding to the list.

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Henry Paterson

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I would like nothing more than the proof of various cryptids, alien civilizations, even alien visitors to be found. But that proof will come only through rigorous science and objective analysis, and by holding evidence to the highest standards of scrutiny. Born in south eastern Pennsylvania, i have found myself at one time or another living in Chicago, Cleveland, Raleigh-Durham, on the island of Kaua'i and finally landed on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. I have turned my hand to various professions from early work in 3d graphics to historic building restoration, carpentry and log home building to working in a bronze art foundry on the WWII Veterans Memorial. Currently I am a writer, script writer and working for a non profit organization called Empowerment Through Connection which is involved in equine assisted therapy for veterans, at risk teens and women.

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17 Responses

  • Mr_Smith01

    Need to rule out speck of dust or noise before calling this a real UFO

  • I would tend to expect a speck of dust to still be on the lens when the camera moved

  • Rmon

    The second pic (in the vid) is clearly cropped. Cropped to hide the speck of dust still in the same position.

  • The Oshmar

    I’m thinking a digital artefact, otherwise could something have blown past the camera?

  • Not certain what would be light enough on mars to be picked up by the wind? No organic matter, possibly something that was part of the landing payload.

  • The Oshmar

    In the pictures I linked above you can see rocks all over the rover after they were picked up by the wind, and some of them are kinda big too.

  • Okay, I’ll buy that possibility, but looking at the ground, and the sky there would seem to be no evidence of wind at the time of the picture. No dust moving at ground level, no dust storm in the sky. Whatever that is, and I am not saying it is, or supporting it being a UFO, it would seem to have some size that would require a decent amount of wind which would certainly pick up dust and many of the smaller objects nearby.

  • The Oshmar

    Could easily be a little rock blowing past in my opinion, I just checked the curiosity photos and that rovers covered in little rock debris.
    Just as some examples.

  • E-shibin

    if there were media in mars , how would they have seen the news of curiosity rover of NASA land on their surface ? Please do Read an imaginative transcript of a news report from mars in my blog below :)

  • Dennis

    To be honest and if it were somewhere other than Mars, I would just assume that it was some type of bird. Since this is Mars, then it must be one of those Chinese lanterns we keep hearing about.

  • alanborky

    Actually if I’m not mistaken Henry it may be something on the lens because if you move to the exact same position on the screen in the second picture there’s what looks to me like an identical mark and I think you’ll find if you overlay the two images they do in fact match in size shape and position.

  • Peter

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if it was the first glimpse of a martian insect?

  • UKRyanD

    It’s dust, if you look in the archive its in all the photos.

  • K

    It’s an airplane. I bet there is a fairly large airport just beyond those hills.

  • Sgt HandsOn

    Anyone remember my predictive comment on the curiosity problems? I told you why and when.
    If you are able to link in to SOHO at this time, there will be ‘vehicles’ available for viewing. Operation ‘Pinwheel’ is now in it’s final stages and sightings of said vehicles should be common, as between earth’s orbit and that of Venus, much is going on.
    Watch for an incident involving Korea and UFO’s which is entirely fabricated, as powers that be, flex muscle and put pressure on the young Nth Korean leader to step in line. Most difficult world leaders shit their pants and then acquiesce when they see the ‘exotic’ weapons platforms instantly appear and disappear!
    Think I am talking nonsense? that is your choice.
    But…. I was right about curiosity and I have said, where in the UK, for example our ‘exotic’ craft can be filmed and photographed EVERY night.
    Search back in the comments a couple of weeks and find my name.
    I do know more than you think I do..

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