|Photo Credit: NASA.gov photos.|
Despite Waring's skeptic remarks that NASA will not investigate, playing it safe could be a smart move for the space agency; at least until more information has been gathered. In fact, the object is not necessarily anything alien. As several Redditors have pointed out, the light could simply be a volcanic plume or an electronically charged dust devil.
BigTimeTimmyTim from Reddit cautions that NASA is smart for a reason, and sending the multi-million dollar Curiosity rover over to investigate something that could potentially destroy it would not be in their best interest. In fact, the Spirit rover has already captured several photos of these Martian dust devils, which do look awfully similar to the weird light that has been spotted on Mars.
|Credit: Mars rover Spirit.|
Of course, then there was also that time when a mystery rock suddenly appeared in front of Curiosity and NASA was sued for failing to investigate.
Either way, this incident turned out to be nothing more or less than a case of "seeing things from a different vantage point." Ever notice how a city looks like a toy set when you fly above it, in a plane? In 1998 and in 2001, higher resolution images of this mystery face became available, and well, it really does not look much like a face anymore.
|Credit: NASA. Viking 1 photo from 1976 | Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) from 1998 | MGS from 2001|