From a post a little while ago at Above Top Secret, we discover that… Researchers poring over the latest week’s batch of Mars photos from the reasonably spectacular HiRISE camera … (the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (operated by the University of Arizona) … have located something that really is spectacular… another monolith!
The cool part is that this one, is not on tiny little Phobos, nope, this one’s on Mars itself. Indeed! Shades of Sir Arthur, even. He’d be pretty darn proud, I think.
Now that is seriously monolith-y lookin’! … yet it could still be just an oddly placed rock that just happened to fall there and stick in the ground. This is, in fact, a possibility. Personally I think it’d have a heck of a time retaining it’s stand-up position in that eventuality, but hey, what do I know?
Noted with not much surprise, really, was that our pals at Lunar Explorer Italia had had several peeks already at this thing, shown below… at least it looks like the same object to me, judging from the anomalously disturbed ground at it’s base. What do you think? Is it the same one?
It was suggested by a commentator that the disturbed ground might suggest that this is a crystalline form that got pushed up from beneath the ground, as happens here on Earth sometimes.
Maybe… there are somewhat siimilar features scattered about this relatively small area, but, they’re scattered about. I’d expect a crystal uprising to be more densely packed. Still possible though. It is actually at a pretty jaunty angle for a building. Not for an artwork, though… The romantic in me would prefer to speculate that said disturbed ground is eons of dirt covering a wonderfully wonderful base to the spire.
And then… they adjusted the curves… revealing data hidden within the overexposed but still viable pixels… and just look, my friends, at how wonderfully and uniformly thin it is!
And, to cap it all off, as an adjunct to our last post, wherein our hero Buzz Aldrin revealed the Phobos monolith to the population-at-large; yet another image from those astronomical boffins over at Lunar Explorer Italia, namely Dr. M. Faccin, we have this fantabulous enhancement of our favorite mystery spire… nice job, Doc!
Looks a bit short, as the last post quoted figures of 25 to 42 stories… but hey, maybe that’s just what it looks like!