Posts Tagged ‘monolith’

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!

Yippee!

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.

A new monolith! HiRISE image, NASA/LPI

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.

Newly discovered Martian monolith. Crop by an ATS member.

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!

Lunar Explorer Italia has a peek at the monolith.
Wow…

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!

Phobos Monolith enhancement by Dr. M. Faccin, Lunar Explorer Italia.

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!

Indeed, Sir, thank you for that inspiring bit of dialogue. That is exactly the kind of thing we need, as a country, to hear, and especially from a true American hero. What you said is old news to me and many of my colleagues, An animation of the monolith by it's discoverer, Efrain Palermo.it having been discovered by Efrain Palermo over 10 years ago now, but it’s most definitely not known to all, as two friends asked me for pictures of your monolith last night after watching this clip.

You do see how inspiring it all can be, the wonder, the intrigue, the mystery of just who put that there as you say. It could well cause a second generation of explorers in the spirit of those transformed by your deeds, Mr. Aldrin. And that, Sir, is huge. So again I say thanks!

The famous monolith is a stunning piece of work placed prominently on Phobos, the exceptionally strange ‘moonlet’ of Mars. There is no geological explanation for its presence. Statue in a Phobosian crater?It is also accompanied by a smaller version a short distance away, as well as at least six conical towers, a possible pyramid and something that looks quite like a complex of some sort. The nearby Baby MonolithFabulous stuff, indeed!

And yes, Sir, you may have started something big! Let us get our ducks in a row and our asses off our couches and finally go up there and see just exactly what the heck that thing is and find out exactly who put it there! Who’d need wars when we could go to Mars?! Sounds a bit more exciting to me, and, people would actually want to go.

Oh, and hey, Buzz, I do hope that the Aquila program is still going along just splendidly for you. Yes, dear Buzz, some of us know about those things… (ssshh!)

OhBTW: You might find it interesting to know that, in late ’99/early 2000 anomaly-friendly NASA imaging specialist Lan Fleming calculated the height of the object in question to be between 25 and 42 stories. Yes, that’s right. 25 and 42 stories.