Is this moon spire work of aliens? Scientist says no
Could a 3.6-mile-long spire extending from the moon be related to aliens? That's the question some space enthusiasts have been asking in the past few days.
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The Google Earth image showing this strange structure was spotted by a YouTube user and posted to UFO Sightings Daily last month.
The website speculates that "the spire was probably built to accommodate a very large vessel so that it could dock safely without landing."
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However, Noah Petro with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera mission has dispelled these alien notions, commenting to the Huffington Post that the form is "a small crater that formed on the rim, after the larger crater, Mersenius E."
After assessing a shot of the area taken by his team, he notes, "The bright craters are more easily seen, but there's nothing there that is unusual compared to any other areas on the moon."
The two indentations are even clearer when the formation is viewed from the side, causing Petro to confirm that the spire is simply an optical illusion.
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