Giant Monolith Photographed On Mars

Publisher’s Note: One of our readers, Lawrence, was kind enough to send me a link to this amazing story regarding an amateur photographer who discovered the object in a Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photo below of a giant monolith, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, on Mars! Read the beginning of the article then follow the link at the bottom of the story. Thanks Dirk

By: Natalie Wolchover
Published: 04/11/2012 05:50 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries

The Martian surface feature in question
. CREDIT: Image: NASA HiRISE; Arrow:

Amateur stargazers have discovered an intriguing object jutting out from the surface of Mars. The seemingly perfectly rectangular, upright structure, found in NASA images of the Red Planet, bears a striking resemblance to the monoliths planted on Earth and the moon by aliens in the classic sci-fi film “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

The object in question was first spotted several years ago after being photographed by the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a NASA space probe; every so often, it garners renewed interest on the Internet. But is it unnatural — a beacon erected by aliens for mysterious reasons, and even more mysteriously paralleled in the imaginations of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, creators of “2001”? Or is this rock the work of nature?

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