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.

Now, I am pissed!

In an article this month from Space.COM

Curiosity Rover Leaving ‘Mars Rat’ Behind
by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer
Date: 05 June 2013 Time: 06:51 PM ET

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity will apparently perform no follow-up studies of a Red Planet rock that resembles a rodent, dealing a blow to the nascent field of Martian mammalogy.

The so-called “Mars rat” has generated a lot of Internet interest lately, with some UFO buffs claiming that it may be an indigenous Red Planet lifeform or an Earth rodent Curiosity carried to Mars as part of a secret experiment.

But Curiosity scientists are pretty sure that the Mars rat — which was spotted in a zoomed-in portion of a photo taken by the rover in September 2012 — is just a rock.

Science is not about catering to the whims of public opinion, but c’mon NASA, you named the damn rover CURIOSITY, aren’t you even a little curious. Science is also NOT about assuming results, it is about investigating questions and determining facts!

Curiosity scientists are pretty sure that the Mars rat… is just a rock

Pretty sure? PRETTY SURE!? you spent 2.5 Billion tax payer dollars to get within a few feet of something like this and shrug your shoulders and say you’re pretty sure? How much would it have cost to be certain?

You know what? I am pretty sure it is just a rock too.

What about this:

What have you found out?
Or this:

You know, NASA, some of us are out here defending you when it comes to talk of conspiracies, that you are covering up evidence or discoveries, or when claims are made that Mars missions are being faked out in Utah somewhere. “No” we tell the detractors, there really is no valid evidence for anything like that going on.

It is just a trick of the light, just a peculiarity of the human mind. But you aren’t making it easy, and while you spend billions of our dollars, some of us, a lot of us actually think we should have some little bit of say in how that money is spent. And really, how much would it cost to go those few extra yards? You are there looking for anomalies only to find one and ignore it? And another? And another?!


You are not behaving as scientists, science does not make assumptions. Sure, there are plenty of hoaxes, plenty of conspiracists, but by ignoring obvious questions you are only fanning the flames of conspiracy. Sure it might be just a rock, just at rick of the light, How many missions went to the Moon to find out that moon rocks were pretty damn much the same as Earth rocks but you won’t go a couple of feet when you have already traveled all the way to Mars for what is clearly NOT an Earth rock, in any of the cases mentioned above. I have to say, good work guys.

Oh, and by the way, how many missions did you tank in the process? We paid for those too, remember? No results but craters for those wasted billions, is it too much to ask you do what you are purportedly there to do every once in a while? Even if it is just for the public opinion.

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  • radioredrafts

    The third picture’s object looks like a ballpeen hammer, although I’m not sure how you could make a ballpeen hammer grow out of a rock.

  • Or the shift lever from a motorcycle, or any of a number of other possibilities, and another object they just assume is a rock.

  • Javier Guerrero

    I guess even Mars loves the Metal!!! lol

  • Fry TheDelivery Guy

    You know why they’re pretty sure it’s a rock? Because it’s fucking Mars and rats can’t survive there.

  • You know why you have to actually read the article instead of just the headline?

    Because you would find out that I agree it is probably just a rock, and that is not the point. There are other anomalous objects that are pretty clearly not rocks that have also gone uninvestigated.

    Because science is not about assuming you know the answer, it is about investigating, learning the answer.

    Because NASA has spent billions of dollars to go to Mars to investigate the place and then does not bother to go a few feet to investigate something that might be of considerable public interest while complaining that public perception of their programs is suffering.

    We did not go to Mars to sight-see, or window-shop. We went to mars to learn, and what we seem to be learning is that NASA is only there to sight-see.