The Spirit rover sent by NASA to examine the Red Planet has discovered some unusual formations on the surface of the planet. After the photos were officially released by NASA people started to hypothesize that alien lifeforms created the Martian cauliflower formations. There is no evidence to support that theory, but there is also no scientific explanation for the formations. Not right now.
The Spirit Rover sent by NASA to Mars released a probe back in 2008 in the Gusev crater of the Red Planet. The crater is mostly made out of a mineral that contains opaline silica. The probe photographed the area and revealed that patterns that resemble cauliflower formations.
The problem with the formations is that they cannot be studied because there is a distance of millions of miles between them and the rover. An accurate geological and biological examination is out of the question until human crew lands on the planet.
But that doesn’t stop people from expressing their opinion and emitting certain theories as to what the formations really are and how they were formed.
Scientists did admit that there is a possibility that ancient alien lifeforms created the Martian cauliflower formations, but there is not much that they could do just now, without additional data gathered from around the site of the unusual designs.
The first hypothesis emitted by the researchers was that the cauliflower formations were caused by a geothermal acidic process. But in 2011, they proved themselves wrong as they have found that the entire region is most likely neutral or alkaline.
The scientific population is divided among those who are not sure what the cauliflower formations are and do not want to research the matter without any further data, those who think that ancient alien lifeforms created the Martian cauliflower formations and those who think that the unusual pattern was created by microbes in a similar way in which Earth’s landscape was affected by the presence of the microorganisms.
Examples of such patterns can be seen in places such as the Atacama desert in Chile, El Tatio, The Yellowstone Park in the United States and the volcanic Taupo Zone than ca be found in New Zealand.
According to a researcher from Alberta University, Kurt Konhauser, there is no modern analogue technology that can determine the place in which Martian microbes may or may not be found. There are still plenty of space that the Rover must cover in order to gather significant data that could hint to the possibility of ancient microbial life forms.
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