Curiosity : A Light Beam on Mars and a UFO ?

The Curiosity rover has reached its next study area, closer to the rocks that study over the next few weeks.

Curiosity is on a small hill with a beautiful view of the surrounding area known as “Kimberley” where four different types of rocks intersect. The activities of the Kimberley region represent a break from the road rover before reaching Mount Sharp.


April 8th, I was working for my blog in French on an article whose subject is the Martian day 589 when some information began to circulate on certain websites including the Houston Chronicle and Space Reporter. It is a bright flash from the surface of Mars that was recently photographed by one of the two Curiosity rover’s NavCam.


Thinking that this news would quickly go around the Web, I did on my blog in French a brief Post during the afternoon of April 8th. Of course, the next day the entire Press is talking about this light. In fact, it is true that the beam of light was photographed by one of the twin NavCam cameras on April 3 at 10:00:03, and it is equally true that there is no light on the other photo at the same hour.

Also a UFO ?

With a little searching, I found not far from the beam light picture another one taken on the same day. On, it appears what could be a UFO. Could, because, again, there is nothing on the same picture of the other camera.


The crop is from a picture who actually comes from the NASA official website, taken at 10:01:15. All this is really challenging and mysterious.


Is Curiosity Rovering For Archaeology On Mars ?


Among the thousands of images sent in 2013 by the laboratory-rover Curiosity, are many showing what is called Martian anomalies.

On transmitted pictures, you can see specific forms usually simply called “strange rock” and you could be surprised by the amount of discoveries found these past months on the Martian landscape. Undoubtedly, some images of the soil of Mars, taken by the rover during the year 2013, appear to be particularly fruitful. Before your eyes are many stones or maybe objects, some of which could be here for a long time. And if, for most of them, they do not resemble to anything known, they can in fact not be confused with optical illusions.

The year 2013 has really been eventful and photos sent by the rover Curiosity led successful discoveries of Martian anomalies. These results can certainly be further classified into Archaeology than in Geology because of some evidence. But these new findings need an open mind. Because if, among the thousands of published images in JPL/ NASA websites, are some of the robot itself (and from its wheels now widely used), many others show quiet places where you can really discover curious rocks with so enigmatic forms.

(crop from JPL/NASA images)

2013 : Year Of Amazing Discoveries For Curiosity On Mars

At the end of 2013, everybody knows now the Curiosity rover-lab has already taken more than 100,000 images of the soil of Mars. He joined other NASA robots on the red planet in August 2012 and sent its pictures consistently.

For Curiosity on Mars, the year 2013 was rich in events and more photos sent by the rover allow fruitful discoveries of Martian anomalies. These findings may surely be classified in the Archaeology because of some evidence.

Rocks who could be not only

Among the thousands of images published on the websites of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA, some are representing the robot itself (and its now really used wheels), and many photographies were showing strange places where sometimes you can see curious rocks with less or more enigmatic forms. Many “rocks” with weird shapes are simply visible on the surface of the planet or partially buried in the soil.

Along the year 2013, the rover encountered some renewed software problems. In fact, day after day, dozens of images are taken from the mysterious red planet and transmitted to Earth by Curiosity, even in black and white or in color. On some pictures, strange something like…objects.

Amazing pictures, fruitful discoveries

For the tenacious observer, amazing pictures of the Martian landscape taken by the rover in the third quater of 2013 seem particularly fruitful. On them, one among others, an object – may be a statuette – looking really to have been Made in Mars and whose name is now Staetolma. It is, above all, the best example. And of course, this just raises more questions about life on Mars in the past.

(crop from JPL/NASA images – here with High Dynamic Range effect)