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Conspiracy theorists spot ‘timber plank’ on Mars
Posted: 04 December 2008 01:07 PM   [ Ignore ]
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An image sent back from the Red Planet has revealed an object bearing an uncanny resemblance to a wooden log. It was captured by the Mars Rover near the Endurance Crater.

The find has excited conspiracy theorists on blogs and websites who claim it is evidence there are vast forests on Mars that have been kept from the public.

It is more likely to be a case of pareidolia - where a random stimulus is perceived as having significance, be it a symbol seen in a cloud or a face on a piece of toast.

Scientists theorize the phenomenon occurs because humans are hardwired to recognise familiar objects as a survival technique.

The unusual image was featured in a NASA press release in 2004, although the space agency made no mention of the timber-like object captured on the spacecraft’s 115th day on Mars.

But one website insists it is a leaked image that ‘could get someone killed.’ A writer from TheCrit.com said NASA’s claims Mars was a desert world were ‘lies’ and that ‘there are vast forests on Mars, ones that are kept from the public.’

They go on to speculate the ‘wood’ was brought to its present position by a flood of water that must have happened within 40 years ‘because the wood is intact.’

However, the ‘plank’ has the same shading and a similar linear pattern to the surrounding rock.

Sadly, there is no scientific evidence of any macroscopic plant life on Mars and the vista in the image is one of a vast and desolate desert.

However, NASA scientists have found water ice in the north polar region of Mars as well as alkaline soil - key ingredients to support life.

In these images there is a polygonal pattern on the ground similar in appearance to polygonal structures in icy ground in the arctic regions of Earth.

‘We have found what appears to be the requirements, the nutrients, to support life -  whether past, present or future,’ Sam Kounaves, lead analyst for the Phoenix spacecraft’s mission said.

President Bush announced his intention to support a manned mission to Mars back in 2004. A ready supply of water would be essential to the project.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1091223/Conspiracy-theorists-wood-trees-spot-timber-plank-Mars.html

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Posted: 04 December 2008 04:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Conspiracy theory!  What do you mean?

Everyone knows that it’s a piece of timber from Noah’s Ark!

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Posted: 04 December 2008 07:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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The find has excited conspiracy theorists on blogs and websites who claim it is evidence there are vast forests on Mars that have been kept from the public.

Yes.  Evidence of a vast forest on Mars.  Out in the open.  No where near a forest of any kind.  Yep.  I’m sure that’s what it is.

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Posted: 04 December 2008 09:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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A leaked image that was given out in an official press release four years ago.  Yeah.

And it’s a good thing that NASA is keeping us from knowing about all those trees on Mars.  Think of all the horrible things that would happen if the average person knew about them!!!

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Posted: 04 December 2008 10:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Accipiter - 05 December 2008 02:51 AM

And it’s a good thing that NASA is keeping us from knowing about all those trees on Mars.  Think of all the horrible things that would happen if the average person knew about them!!!

There would be a huge clamoring of people trying to get to Mars so they could build boats out of the wood, sail around on the oceans of water and eventually make it around to the Face so they could proclaim once and for all that there really is a face on Mars?

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Posted: 05 December 2008 12:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I like how they just talk about the plank like it’s no big deal. I mean how many species of trees here on Earth grow planks? Wood yes, but in form of planks? So the real question of significance is not whether or not there are forests, trees, wood or water on Mars but instead… are these carpenters of Mars the missing Holy Grail we’ve all been searching for for so long? I mean, what better place to hide the blood lineage of Jesus than on Mars???

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Posted: 05 December 2008 03:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Sure there’s plenty of carpenters on Mars! I think one of them is named ‘John’?

*ducks thrown tomatos*

Seriously, though… gotta love the lengths Hoagland and fellow-minded tinfoil-hatters will go to to convince themselves that there is evidence where none exists.

The one I still get a giggle about was the moon photo artifacts that showed a ‘robot head’.

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Posted: 05 December 2008 09:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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That’s just one of those Mars Bars.

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Posted: 05 December 2008 12:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Mark-N-Isa - 05 December 2008 05:28 AM

? I mean, what better place to hide the blood lineage of Jesus than on Mars???

Now that’s a rood suggestion.

 

I’m telling you, Noah’s Ark was an interplanetary craft.

Pfft!  Forests on Mars!  You people expect me to believe that?

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Posted: 05 December 2008 11:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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the aliens are becoming smart they have created wood with no trees!

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Posted: 06 December 2008 12:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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See the interplanetary Ark was just one of a fleet.  (Seriously, it makes no sense to claim you could fit two of every kind of animal on a single vessel!)  Its propulsion system worked by orgone energy, solar system ley lines and. . . .um. . . .“quantum”.

It carried a lot of the animals we no longer find on Earth.

Like, you know, Bigfoot.

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Posted: 06 December 2008 02:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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After reading all your responses I can say we all agree it

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