Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Mars Has a Monolith?!

Or more accurately Mars' moon Phobos has a structure photographed on it's surface that looks suspiciously like one. This is according to an article in the Daily Galaxy here and of course on the suggestion of Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

From the Daily Galaxy article:
  • ... Aldrin, ... alluded to a monolith detected on Mars' moon Phobos. (Aldrin said) "We should visit the moons of Mars. There's a monolith there - a very unusual structure on this little potato shaped object that goes around Mars once every seven hours. 'When people find out about that they are going to say, "Who put that there? "
Who indeed, check out the photo and click the link for the complete story.


Rosehippi said...

Wouldn't it be a kick in the head to discover Phobos was hollow and had a bio-diversified interior? (species specific)
Why do we always assume that a potatoe shaped object orbiting a planet in 7 hours has to be solid through and through? I would like to know if that monolith is perhaps the conn or the entrance to the inside of a generational ship. Lets hope they had AAA for planetside assistance. Won't know till we get there.....

Beam Me Up said...

Hey hippi!
now there is the makings of great classic SF!!!

I love the idea of it being a generational ship!

The only point I would like to make is that I was under the impression that the ESA craft that studied Phobos found that is was mostly an amalgam. Not so much as "solid" but a large amount of debris smashed together which is evident in the odd striations on the surface. The time line was based on re-craterization which seems to point to the moon forming anywhere from 3 to 5 billion years ago before the period of system wide heavy bombardment. You know, that is a period I would like to know more about. What kind of hell broke loose in the solar system that for all intents obliterated every surface feature! It wasn't the initial formation of the system, but well after it. Whatever it was, it was damn violent!