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Candor Chasma, Mars

6°S, 72.5°W

Detail from image above.

Pyramid on Mars
5 km side length
Elysium region
16.6° N, 198.4° W.
See news entry June 6, 2010.

I'm sure you are all aware of the extremely grave potential for
cultural shock and social disorientation contained in this present situation
if the facts were prematurely and suddenly made public
without adequate preparation and conditioning.

[Dr. Heywood Floyd in 2001: A Space Odyssey]

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  • Comments and News now via Google+   March 31st, 2012
    I've started to post news and comments on Google+ which offers not only direct report of changes to subscribed readers but also allows for discussion on each entry. Above you see the last 5 entries. Click on them for complete text with images and feel free to add me in your circles on Google+.
  • Tenacious water on Mars!   August 4th, 2011
    Data from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter confirms Research paper by Palermo and England from 2001 about seasonal water-related surface variances on eroded slopes!
  • News about Great Pyramid Gantenbrink's Door: Pictures from backside!   June 24th, 2011
    In September 2002 a 15mm hole was drilled through the Gantenbrink Door which was now used for a remote controlled micro camera to take pictures from the backside of the blocking stone. The dead end of the 60m long 20cm wide shaft was discovered in 1993 with the robot Upuaut constructed by German engineer Rudolf Gantenbrink. An important discovery back then were two copper fittings on the frontside of the blocking stone which are the only metal objects ever found in the Pyramid masonry, next to their counterparts later found in the 2nd similar shaft.

    The backside pictures now reveal the fixture method used for the metal fittings, but they does not help to solve the mystery about their function. The reason for using a bitumen like sealing on the fittings is still unknown.

    The current explorations of the shafts are conducted by the international team Djedi chosen by Zahi Hawass. The robot was constructed by a group from University of Leeds and Dassault Systèmes. The camera and parts of the robot are provided by Scoutek Ltd.

  • Charles Shults presents his discoveries on WLTX-TV   June 1st, 2011
    Strange rocks resembling marine life fossils on Mars:
  • Final command sent to Mars Exploration Rover Spirit   May 25th 2011
    May the spirit prevail like on this very day 50 years ago!

    Color pictures from the 2210 Sols of MER Spirit

  • The Lightning-Scarred Planet Mars (Video)   February 14th 2011
    The researchers and scientists of give an introduction into the electriccally induced landscape forming on Mars. That does not exclude the existence of water before those events.
  • The most famous site of areomorphologic landscaping   August 1st 2010
    Most pictures of current Mars orbiters are taken during local noon which is preferred for some remote sensing analysis but prevents seeing the surface relief like during the low Sun on the famous picture 35A72 taken by Viking Orbiter 1 on July 25th 1976 of the Cydonia region at location 40.7°N 9.5°E.

    The most recent picture of this site was taken as PSP_003234_2210 by HiRISE camera on April 5th 2007 and published a few weeks later. On July 30th 2010 that image was picked up again by some online sources: list on, list on

    For interpretation of this artifact the following facts should be kept in mind:

  • Eclectic shapes in Elysium Planitia   June 6, 2010

    Carl Sagan pointed out these polyhedral bedrock exposures in the flat alluvium via a Mariner 9 image in Cosmos (chapter 5). The base of this one is shaped like a square with 5km side length and the nearby actual "Sagan Pyramids" show equilateral triangles. Maybe the high resolution of 28cm/pixel will solve the mystery of their creation process. The classic geological explanation of eolian erosion processes by wind from mostly steady directions is questionable.

    The same image shows in the camera's color channels another mystery: Bluegreen tinted crater floors. See news entry on March 18, 2002.

    The image location was selected via the public target suggestion program HiWish and provided by courtesy of NASA/JPL/University of Arizona. Many thanks!
    Image: ESP_017574_1965, HiRISE, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

    JPEG picture (2000x3600): ESP_017574_1965_RED.browse.jpg
    Color JPEG (part only): ESP_017574_1965_RGB.nomap.browse.jpg
    Original image (28000x47000) for viewing via Java-Webstart: ESP_017574_1965_RED.ias.jp2

  • Spirit to explore soil secrets   February 28, 2010

    Sol 2182
    The powdery white soil digged from below by the wheels stills shows signs of salt remains by evaporating brine. The outline shape of the new bright white spot on this picture looks like having been caused by a fluvial process.
    See also old news entry from May 23, 2007 below.

  • Opportunity to discover even more strange things   February 11 and 28, 2010

    A strange blue green loosely coated rock, resembling lichens on Earth.
    Sol 2147, 2144 und 2145.

    The automatic creation of relativly true color images from the raw data of both MER Rovers is operating again on

    Update February 28, 2010:

  • What the MER tell us about Mars   November 8, 2009
    Xenotech Research answers common questions.
  • MER 3d panorama viewer and archive browser: Midnight Mars Browser  August 17, 2008
    Midnight Mars Browser is a program used to download Mars Exploration Rover (MER) images and view them in slideshow and panorama format.
    You can select the different camera datasets, view Pancam images in raw RGB color and move along the Rovers' tracks from Sol to Sol.
    Highly recommended!
  • Colors at the northern artic circle.   June 14, 2008

    Data source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
  • Phoenix Lander dares the horizon   May 28 2008
  • First color picture from Phoenix Lander   May 27, 2008

    Image sources: University of Arizona and NASA / JPL
  • First pictures from Phoenix Lander   May 26, 2008
  • Phoenix Mars Mission   May 22, 2008
  • Brightest ever star explosion observed   March 21, 2008
    On March 19 2008 4:12 UTC the biggest ever Gamma-Ray Burst was detected. By its after-glow in the visual light spectrum, this burst was the most distant object in space ever visible by the naked human eye. The absolute light intensity was 2.5 million times stronger than any supernova before.
    With a count of 4 Gamma-Ray Bursts that day, this was also by number a maximum for the Swift satellite since it observation began in 2004.
  • TV tip: Gibt es Leben auf dem Mars? (Is there Life on Mars)  October 14, 2007
    Documentary about the Phoenix Lander which will arrive May 2008 in the Martian north polar region.
    ZDF dokukanal, daily repeated October 15 - 19, schedule detail.
  • Cyanobacteria create spherule colonies  May 29, 2007
    Some Cyanobacteria on Earth live in colonies of 1cm small gelatinous spherules.
    The spherules of that genus (nostoc pruniforme) not only live on or in fresh or salt water,
    but can also be seen on soil soon after rain.
    Cyanobacteria are sometimes called blue-green algae because of their usual dark blue-green color
    and their macroscopic appearance like algae, although they are no algaes (plants).
  • Cave entrances or "Dark Matter"?  May 28, 2007
    Temperature data from early morning infrared images (THEMIS-IR) indicate cave entrances,
    where the new detail image in visible light (HIRISE) shows
    "barrier islands" on the northern rim of the lightabsorbing area. That would mean, the black area was a flat surface.
    All "Martian holes" have been discovered near the equator, so the directly visible bright surface is no ice.
    Update: On August 9 2007, a 2nd image was taken. This time during afternoon with lower Sun incidence angle. Now a cavern wall is revealed which means it isn't a black surface at all. The diameter of the hole is about 150m with a depth of at least 78m.
  • Some possible causes for these white soil deposits:
    Evaporating salt water, Silica (Silicon salts), Biofilm.   May 23, 2007

  • Slope streaks in Antarctic Dry Valleys similar to those seen on Mars!   February 18, 2007
    The current doctrine about Martian slope streaks being the result of dry dust avalances isn't verified yet be experiments.
    Hence the observation of visual correlation of Martian and Antarctic slope streaks presented in this paper from Brown University
    leads to a more realistic approach to that topic. Presented on Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2007.
  • NASA/Google collaboration on data visualization to be announced   December 26, 2006

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