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NASA scientist debunks 'alien spire on the Moon' conspiracy theory

By T.K. Randall
April 22, 2024 · Comment icon 31 comments
Alleged spire on the Moon.
Is this a structure, or something else ? Image Credit: Google Moon
An eagle-eyed anomaly hunter had discovered what looked like a spire-like structure in a NASA photo of the Moon.
With its rock-strewn and cratered surface, the Moon, like Mars, is a place where pareidolia - the tendency for the human mind to make out meaningful shapes in abstract patterns - can reign supreme, generating all manner of peculiar sightings of everything from statues and buildings to animals and people.

This tendency to misinterpret mundane things as something significant was brought into focus recently when a YouTube user by the name of MexicoGeek discovered what he described as a "spire" on Google Moon - a service providing users with the ability to explore NASA imagery of the lunar surface.

At a glance, the alleged spire certainly looks like something, but looks can be deceiving.

According to MexicoGeek, the object would be around 3.5 miles in height and was built "to accommodate a very large vessel so that it could dock safely without landing."
It wasn't long, however, before Noah Petro - a project scientist for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) mission, offered his two cents on what he thought the object could be.

The 'spire', he argues, is simply two craters - one large and one small - sitting next to each other.

The tall, thin 'structure' is actually the shadow of the smaller crater being cast into the larger one, coupled with debris that has likely fallen down the large crater's wall.

Whether this explanation will satisfy everyone, however, remains to be seen.

Source: Mail Online | Comments (31)




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Comment icon #22 Posted by Hazzard 25 days ago
Why do you sign every post with your name?? You know its right there beside your Avatar...Right!!?
Comment icon #23 Posted by Harte 25 days ago
I've explained that here several dozen times. I do it to aggravate you. Harte
Comment icon #24 Posted by Trelane 25 days ago
"NASA scientist debunks 'alien spire on the Moon' conspiracy theory" Exactly what a cabal member would say. The cover up continues.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Hazzard 25 days ago
What would be the point of that?
Comment icon #26 Posted by Harte 25 days ago
It's everything to me. Harte
Comment icon #27 Posted by Hazzard 25 days ago
  If you say so.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Harte 25 days ago
Okay, but before I tell you, two questions: 1. How old are you? 2. Is there anything actually "Hazzardous" about you? Rectum
Comment icon #29 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 24 days ago
I just check- Phobos was a prison for an eldricht abomination and Deimos was an Ice Warrior sleeper ship.
Comment icon #30 Posted by CrimsonKing 24 days ago
You talking about the guy always talking about "it's vitrified!" ?
Comment icon #31 Posted by astrobeing 24 days ago
I looked back at old space.com news articles and I think you're right. Every photo from the Mars surface that contained a straight line would lead to an article on his website claiming it was "more proof" of "artificial junk" on Mars. They also pointed out that Hoagland falsely claimed that he was the first to propose the theory that there could be life in Europa's hypothetical ocean. That theory had been around for about ten years.


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