The possible mars space station located by armchair astronaut David Martinez using Google Mars has generated a lot of interest and now is under the debunking microscope. Martinez has called the anomaly “Bio Station Alpha” and says that he found it totally by accident. He went viral with a video showing the anomaly and even listed the coordinates for fellow explorers to have a look , object was located at 49’19.73″N 29 33’06.53″W. The object is over 700 ft long and 150 feet wide and it looks to be a cylinder shape or made of cylinders.
Many have questioned if Martinez has actually located possible evidence of alien life or some kind of secret alien space base or even a top secret NASA project or some kind. But some experts are saying no way that the Mars anomaly found by Martinez is simply a glitch in the image in the camera caused by cosmic energy.
Alfred McEwen a planetary geologist working at the Lunar and Planetary Lab at the University of Arizona and is the director of the Planetary Imaging Research Lab says that the artifact found by Martinez seems to be a linear streak produced by a cosmic ray. McEwen is also the principal investigator of “HiRISE” or High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment a powerful telescope that currently orbits Mars.
McEwen explained t5hat cosmic rays are extremely energetic particles emitted by the sun and other stars and for the most part Earth’s protective magnetosphere blocks them from hitting the surface here. But when space images are taken outside of Earth’s magnetosphere such as those taken by telescopes in orbit its is quite common to see those cosmic ray hits. They are seen on optical images and many infrared images also. As a cosmic ray passes through the image sensor of a camera it deposits a large amount of its electrical charge in the pixels it penetrates. If any particle passes thought at a shallow angle in respect to the plane of the camera it affects several of the pixels along its path. When this happens it results in a bright streak on the image. Now the digital compression software that is used to convert the image into a JPEG format or file then kind of smears out the image giving it a pixelated look McEwen explains. So what began as a clear streak in high resolution turns into a streak that looks like it is “made of cylinders” as was explained by armchair astronaut Martinez of his Mars anomaly.
McEwen said it would be much easier to recognize the cosmic ray streak in the raw pre-compressed image but many of the telescopes and orbiters have contributed imagery to the Mars map and Google does not identify the source of the image you are viewing. It was clear that the footage of the Mars anomaly was going to be challenged by the non-believers but still the conclusions of McEwen are just as inconclusive as the ones of Martinez. Will we ever truly know what exactly Martinez has found on the surface of Mar’s only time will tell.