Weird 'UFO' Light on Mars May Just Be a Shiny Rock, NASA Says
By Mike Wall
Scientists are throwing cold water on yet another purported "alien" sighting by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
Though UFO enthusiasts may beg to differ, mission team members say bright flashes of light visible in Mars photos taken by the Curiosity rover on April 2 and April 3 almost certainly have a perfectly ordinary explanation.
"One possibility is that the light is the glint from a rock surface reflecting the sun. When these images were taken each day, the sun was in the same direction as the bright spot, west-northwest from the rover, and relatively low in the sky," Justin Maki, the lead for Curiosity's engineering cameras, told Space.com via email.
A bright flash of light appears to be visible in the distance in this image taken by the right-side navigation camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on April 3, 2014.
"The rover science team is also looking at the possibility that the bright spots could be sunlight . . .
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