Great news: Alien base discovered on Mars via Google

posted at 7:16 pm on June 6, 2011 by Allahpundit

An extraterrestrial palate cleanser via I Hate the Media. On any other day this would be the weird story du jour, but coming as it does during Weinergeddon, it’s a distant, distant second. Full Weiner-esque confession: I’m nerdy enough that I actually downloaded Google Mars and checked this guy’s coordinates to confirm that the anomaly he found really is there. And yep, it is. I figured it was either (a) a digital artifact created by Google’s software in stitching together satellite photos to form a spherical Martian surface, (b) some sort of “easter egg” inserted by NASA or Google into the program that would, say, play the YouTube clip of “Star Wars kid” if you stumbled across it and clicked on it, or (c) the mother of all monoliths.

The truth, it turns out, is … out there:

Has Martines really found evidence of alien life, or a secret space base, as he and some media sources are claiming? No, say experts: “Bio Station Alpha” is simply a glitch in the image caused by cosmic energy interfering with the camera…

As a cosmic ray passes through a camera’s image sensor, it deposits a large amount of its electric charge in the pixels that it penetrates. If the particle passes through at a shallow angle to the plane of the camera, it affects several pixels along its path. The result is a bright streak on the image.

The digital compression software that converts the image into a JPEG file then “sort of smears out the image, giving it that pixelated look,” McEwen said. What started as a clear streak in high-resolution turns into a streak that, in the armchair astronaut’s words, looks like it is “made up of cylinders.”

Ten days after it was posted, this thing has gotten almost a million views on YouTube. Two clips for you, one of “Bio Station Alpha” and the other of “Ski Station Beta.” The latter’s a parody. Or is it?

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I think Frank Zappa’s Kid should get ready to pay a visit to Mars Unit.

portlandon on June 6, 2011 at 7:20 PM

There is a script guy at Google who has a green house in his backyard shaped the same (smaller scale of course)!

Imagine the coincidence!

Roy Rogers on June 6, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Right. Like this isn’t Palin’s new house.

Seth Halpern on June 6, 2011 at 7:21 PM

TSA Mars Visitor Station #1

Limerick on June 6, 2011 at 7:23 PM

It’s a Walmart.

CynicalOptimist on June 6, 2011 at 7:23 PM

I bet Anthony Weiner wishes he were there now.

portlandon on June 6, 2011 at 7:24 PM

“No, say experts: “Bio Station Alpha” is simply a glitch in the image caused by cosmic energy interfering with the camera…”

… and that wasn’t a missle fired off the California coast.

/

Seven Percent Solution on June 6, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Space way station on Mars = Jesus on a tortilla

Rod on June 6, 2011 at 7:25 PM

… and that wasn’t a missle fired off the California coast. /

Seven Percent Solution on June 6, 2011 at 7:24 PM

LOL. That HA thread was epic.

portlandon on June 6, 2011 at 7:27 PM

“The result is a bright streak on the image.”

Yes, but it’s obviously a well maintained bright streak on the image!

Rod on June 6, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Seven Percent Solution on June 6, 2011 at 7:24 PM

It was a King Missile.

JeffWeimer on June 6, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Google had a press conference where they insisted it was a prank and that there are the victims in all of this. Google also expressed their apology to the residents of the base. They later said they could not say with certitude whether the similar shapes that recently having started appearing on images of Earth are related.

Representative Weiner also said that he was withdrawing his apologies pending an investigation of what the heck cosmic rays are.

pedestrian on June 6, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Frakking Mars for NG. The enviros will go whacko.

Limerick on June 6, 2011 at 7:33 PM

I love how is litany of “could be’s” a garage, a living area, a power plant, never includes weird rock formation or satellite glitch.

WitchDoctor on June 6, 2011 at 7:34 PM

I just hope if this a ‘space station’ the tiny gray guys beem up bho and team and they can deal with them there! And little gray guys beem up the rop type too!
L

letget on June 6, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Full Weiner-esque confession: I’m nerdy enough that I actually downloaded Google Mars and checked this guy’s coordinates to confirm that the anomaly he found really is there

I agree fully with Allah, he is really nerdy.

Dr Evil on June 6, 2011 at 7:36 PM

The skiing on Mars is out of this world!

JetBoy on June 6, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Dear aliens: if you can read this, get me offa this rock!

Uncle Sams Nephew on June 6, 2011 at 7:38 PM

It’s amazing how low the standards of evidence is for people.

I’d bet anythign that most scientists hear about this and just laugh and shake their head.

THERE’S A MARs BASE!111!!!11!!!11!
NASA IS COVERINGGGG IT UUUppppPPP!!!!1111!!!!!!!

B Man on June 6, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Total Recall…

LMAO!

Roy Rogers on June 6, 2011 at 7:39 PM

I expected the pyramids, dammit!

ProudPalinFan on June 6, 2011 at 7:40 PM

It belongs to Weiner. Ain’t no big ‘thang!

MaiDee on June 6, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Full Weiner-esque confession: I’m nerdy enough that I actually downloaded Google Mars and checked this guy’s coordinates to confirm that the anomaly he found really is there

Me too…I won’t download that software nor do I have Google Earth…meh Atlantis’ been found on Google Ocean. Allahpundit can you take apart a notebook, a cell phone, clean it and put it back together?

Yay that’s me.

ProudPalinFan on June 6, 2011 at 7:42 PM

It’s two Starbucks.

KZnextzone on June 6, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Move along….. That’s not a alien out post…..it your imagination…… Keep moving…… Bleep.

grapeknutz on June 6, 2011 at 7:51 PM

The Internet is just making conspiracy theories more prevalent isn’ it?

jp on June 6, 2011 at 7:51 PM

The Internet is just making conspiracy theories more prevalent isn’ it?

jp on June 6, 2011 at 7:51 PM

If fans the flames of mental illness.

9/11 Truthers (example)

portlandon on June 6, 2011 at 7:54 PM

No need to worry! For only 1995, plus shipping and handling, you can have your very own copy of Slim Whitman’s “Indian Love Call” on CD,cassette, or 8 track. Order now, you won’t be ready for the invasion without it!!

Dave from Flint on June 6, 2011 at 8:00 PM

This one has HOAX! written all over it!

pilamaye on June 6, 2011 at 8:03 PM

by cosmic energy interfering with the camera…

Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus Mars.

yo on June 6, 2011 at 8:04 PM

The skiing on Mars is out of this world!

JetBoy on June 6, 2011 at 7:38 PM

With snow made of frozen CO2, no less.

Bigfoot on June 6, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Paging Glenn Beck. Please pick up the white courtesy phone, Mr Beck.

Southernblogger on June 6, 2011 at 8:15 PM

It is obviously swamp gas, a weather balloon, Hitler’s genius dogs run amuck or optical illusion.

Southernblogger on June 6, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Three Soviet astronauts lie mummified since 1978 in their first Mars lander that fell over on relaunch and was covered up by Brezhnev’s Kremlin cronies.

A tiny pixillated hammer and sickle are barely visible on the bottom guidance fin.

profitsbeard on June 6, 2011 at 8:33 PM

As usual, the compelling photographic “evidence” consists of a clump of meaningless pixels. I’ll admit, though, Rorschach-blotching every NASA imaging glitch is indeed more fun than, say, pondering any given day’s Obamanomics-spawned unemployment figures.

Blacklake on June 6, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Its obviously an Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.

vcferlita on June 6, 2011 at 8:43 PM

What a moron, it’s so low-rez you’ve got maybe 20 pixels grand total.

ebrawer on June 6, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Hay Allahpundit you forgot one other thing it could be.
D) As it is near the pole, and ICE is all around it, it is nothing more than ICE!

Confederate on June 6, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Now we know where the $4 trillion bucks was spent….stimulus my ass.

BobMbx on June 6, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Jimmy Hoffa?

All of these worlds are yours, except Europa.

vinceautmorire on June 6, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Is actually a Mars Society simulation station to test equipment and personnel for the exploration of Earth.

El Coqui on June 6, 2011 at 9:19 PM

What’s the big deal? It looks like the rebel field generators on the planet Hoth. No biggee.

JavelinaBomb on June 6, 2011 at 9:19 PM

I swear I saw a Thark! Barsoom or bust, baby.

tryptic on June 6, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Where’d the Face On Mars go? Have we moved on from that already? Gosh, it seems like it was just yesterday everyone was talking about that.

theotherone on June 6, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Its obviously an Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.

vcferlita on June 6, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Of course! Why didn’t we see it before?

Browncoatone on June 6, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Weinergeddon

+1 AP

Caststeel on June 6, 2011 at 11:08 PM

It’s true!!! If you look closely you can see the Capricorn 1 landing site!

Fighton03 on June 6, 2011 at 11:19 PM

The alien in the picture for the front page of this story is slighter better looking than Weiner….

Wine_N_Dine on June 7, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Maybe they could the Goracle a call?…

Gohawgs on June 7, 2011 at 12:34 AM

…give…

Dire!!!?

Gohawgs on June 7, 2011 at 12:37 AM

…give…

Dire!!!?

Gohawgs on June 7, 2011 at 12:37 AM

No Dire-just me.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 7, 2011 at 12:45 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 7, 2011 at 12:45 AM

Communing with the folks?…Ack, ack, ack

Gohawgs on June 7, 2011 at 1:14 AM

In other news: Astronomers have discovered a brown ring around Uranus.

(I wasn’t sure if I should post this here or the wedding dress thread.)

davidk on June 7, 2011 at 6:37 AM

I swear I saw a Thark! Barsoom or bust, baby.

tryptic on June 6, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Boooyeah!!!

Palin/John Carter 2012, Baby!!

Shepherd Lover on June 7, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Some people so desparately want to find aliens, they’ll believe anything, lol.

jeffn21 on June 7, 2011 at 8:35 AM

It’s two Starbucks.

KZnextzone on June 6, 2011 at 7:48 PM

That’s funny, right there.

TexasDan on June 7, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Too bad. I was hoping for a moment like this one, from Edmond Hamilton’s The Haunted Stars:

“To get right down to it, you know the row the Soviets are making over Gassendi, their charges that we have a military missile-base up there?”

They nodded, all except Bogan. Christensen said, “Maybe you’ve wondered why we simply don’t let a Soviet inspection-team look at Gassendi, to disprove the charges?”

Lisetti answered him. “I have wondered. Everybody has wondered.”

Christensen said, “Well, I’ll tell you why we haven’t. We haven’t because we can’t. There is a military base in Gassendi.”

The information was stunning. Speer was the first to speak, and he said incredulously, “You mean—we’ve broken the Neutralization Agreement, and built a missile-base there?”

Christensen shook his head. “I didn’t say that. I said there is a military base, or what’s left of it, in Gassendi. But we didn’t build it. It was there before either the Americans or the Russians reached the Moon. We just found it.”

They stared. Lisetti asked, “But who—how long ago?”

“How long was it there before we got there?” Christensen paused. “As nearly as we can estimate, it’s been there for around thirty thousand years.”

Owen Glendower on June 7, 2011 at 1:36 PM