Nasa set to visit area of Mars where ‘alien city’ and ‘crashed UFO’ were spotted

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Nasa set to visit area of Mars where ‘alien city’ and ‘crashed UFO’ were spotted

Nasa is preparing to land a robotic craft on a mission to Mars, where it will drill deep into the crust of the Red Planet and measure ‘Marsquakes’ for the first time.

People who live in wilder corners of the internet are likely to be interested in the fact it will land in a place where alien hunters claim to have spotted a ‘crashed UFO’ and an ‘extraterrestrial city’.

The InSight probe zoomed into the heavens earlier this year aboard a beefy, mega powerful 19-storey-high Atlas 5 rocket.

It will land on the Martian surface this evening and you can watch all the action because the space agency is planning to broadcast the event live. 









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Although this was claimed to be a crashed UFO, it is probably the site of an asteroid impact (Picture: Nasa)

All things being well, the craft will touch down on a flat, smooth plain close to the planet’s equator called the Elysium Planitia.

Alien hunters claimed two different sets of pictures proved aliens had visited the planet – although we’d advise you take their claims with a very large pinch of salt.

The first is shown above and is probably an asteroid impact site. Inevitably, internet conspiracy theorists said it was a downed spaceship.

The second can be seen below and shows natural formations on the Elysium Planitia. Of course, it was later suggested they were walled cities.

Was there an ancient civilisation on Mars? UFO hunters spot walled cities credit NASA/Youtube/martian archaeology

This picture was hailed as evidence of ‘walled cities’ on Mars (Picture: Nasa)

But it turns out the truth about this Martian plain could be wilder than the fiction.

In 2005m The European Space Agency discovered signs of a huge ‘frozen ocean’ beneath the Elysium Planitia that’s about the same size as the North Sea.

‘The water that formed the sea appears to have originated beneath the surface of Mars, and to have come out through a series of fractures known as the Cerberus Fossae, from where it flowed in a catastrophic flood,’ ESA wrote.

‘It collected in a vast area about 800 kilometres long and 900 kilometres wide with a depth of about 45 metres. As the water started to freeze, floating pack ice broke up into rafts. These became later covered in ash and dust from volcanic eruptions in the region.’

NASA???s InSight spacecraft, destined for the Elysium Planitia region located in Mars??? northern hemisphere is on display at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, U.S., April 6, 2018. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Nasa’s InSight spacecraft snapped at Vandenberg Air Force Base on April 6, 2018 (Photo: Reuters)

InSight will complete its 301 million mile journey to Mars at 7.58pm this evening.

While Earth’s tectonics and other forces have erased most evidence of its early history, much of Mars – about one-third the size of Earth – is believed to have remained relatively static for more than 3 billion years, creating a geologic time machine for scientists.

InSight’s primary instrument is a seismometer, a device designed to detect the slightest ground motion from marsquakes, even those on the opposite side of the planet. This has been built by British scientists in collaboration with European partners.

Scientists expect to see a dozen to 100 marsquakes over the course of the mission, producing data that will help them deduce the depth, density and composition of the planet’s core, the rocky mantle surrounding it and the outermost layer, the crust.

InSight is not the first attempt to measure Martian seismic activity. The Viking probes of the mid-1970s were equipped with seismometers, too, but they were bolted to the top of the landers, which swayed in Martian winds on legs built with shock absorbers.

Banerdt joked: ‘We didn’t do seismology on Mars – we did it 3 feet above Mars.’

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