AAS 200th meeting, Albuquerque, NM, June 2002
Session 82. Formation and Evolution of Solar System Bodies
Oral, Thursday, June 6, 2002, 10:00-11:30am, La Cienega

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[82.04] Artificial structures on Mars

T. Van Flandern (Meta Research)

Approximately 70,000 images of the surface of Mars at a resolution of up to 1.4 meters per pixel, taken by the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, are now in public archives. Approximately 1% of those images show features that can be broadly described as “special shapes”, “tracks, trails, and possible vegetation”, “spots, stripes, and tubes”, “artistic imagery”, and “patterns and symbols”. Rather than optical illusions and tricks of light and shadow, most of these have the character that, if photographed on Earth, no one would doubt that they were the products of large biology and intelligence. In a few cases, relationships, context, and fulfillment of a priori predictions provide objective evidence of artificiality that is exempt from the influence of experimenter biases. Only controlled test results can be trusted because biases are strong and operate both for and against artificiality.

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