By Tom Rose
A video on YouTube uses NASA images of Mars to pose the question of UFO origin. Is there a 2001: A Space Odyssey type monolith jutting up from the surface? If not, then what is it?
The monolithic object shown below recalls the central theme of the famous book and movie: a monolithic structure planted on the surface of the Moon by an alien civilization millions of years in the past.
Its purpose was clearly to act as a beacon to an alien race monitoring humans for signs of their eventual evolution into space travelers.
The video also points to a similar obelisk on the asteroid Phobos, but it's not nearly as dramatic and scientists have never speculated that, unlike Mars, there was ever a life form on the barren piece of space rock orbiting the Sun.
The Martian monolith is clearly at odds with its surrounding topography, thrust out from the surface and perfectly symmetrical. Such a shape and form is even a rarity on Earth where titanic geological forces have produced bizarre, seemingly man-made structures. But none which appear to be perfectly rectangular in proportion.
Could such an object be the source of UFO sightings throughout history? Have ancient civilizations planted the Martian monolith as a means of signalling humans that other life forms exist in the universe?