So NASA is roaming Ceres, the dwarf planet that lies in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and finds unexpected objects on its surface!”Intriguing,” the NASA scientists said.
NASA sent its tractor-trailer-size spacecraft, installed with a flashy camera and it captured a shocking structure rising 3 miles above the planet’s cratered surface.
Conveniently for alien enthusiasts, the structure looks a lot like a pyramid. ALIENS! the #itsaliens crowd roared. The new image was released Sunday by NASA. It was taken June 14 from a distance of about 2,700 miles, the agency said.
It shows what NASA described in its classically understated and totally non-freaked-out tones as “a mountain with steep slopes protruding from a relatively smooth area of the dwarf planet’s surface.”
Spacecraft becomes first to orbit mysterious dwarf planet Ceres
To be honest, the space agency has made no suggestions that the towering structure is an offering to some long-lost space emperor or home to our new alien overlords.
And, to be even more fair, it’s probably just a really tall mountain in a solar system filled with wondrous and strange natural phenomena.
But the Dawn mission has done nothing but stoke imaginations since the discovery of mysterious bright spots on the surface of the dwarf planet in February and the beginning of the probe’s orbit in March.
Folks have claimed to have spotted giant alien motherships hovering over the planet, bat-winged spaceships parked on its surface and even evidence of alien cities.
But the mystery only deepened with the most recent batch of images showing even more bright spots alongside the largest one, which NASA said looks to stretch some 6 miles.
Many, of course, insist that the spots look for all the world like brightly lit cities twinkling on the shadowed surface of the distant dwarf planet.
Of course, NASA hasn’t traveled down that road. Scientists, they say, still don’t know what the spots are. Maybe ice. Maybe salt.