The Mysterious “Trees” Of Mars: “Strange Photographs Of The Red Planet”


For decades, NASA devices have been sending to Earth not only standard images of the surface of Mars, but also photographs of anomalous objects. Including those that are very similar to shrubs or trees.

Until now, no one can say for sure what it is.

“I am now convinced that Mars is home to a race of mad gardeners,” famous science fiction writer Arthur Clarke said in 2001, when he saw the first unusual image of “Martian trees.”



In his opinion, this was very good proof that there is life on Mars.

And where there are plants, there are most likely insects and animals, and perhaps even intelligent life, Clarke continued with his reasoning.


Arthur Clarke dreamed of space from a very young age and this hobby lasted his entire life.

The most famous of his space stories is the story “The Guardian”, according to which Kubrick directed the movie “A Space Odyssey 2001” and the novel “The End of Childhood.”



He really believed that in the depths of space there are intelligent civilizations hitherto unknown to us.

The same photo that so delighted Arthur Clarke was taken by the Mars Global Surveyor, launched by NASA in November 1996.

Since 1999, this device began to send high-resolution images of the Martian surface taken from the orbit of Mars to Earth.


Among these images we found many very unusual, which were impossible to pin down. There was a photo of strange objects that, above all, resembled a top view of trees with wide, lush crowns.

Someone thinks that it is actually a “colony” of crystals or minerals.

Others see this as similar to bacteria that overgrow in a Petri dish and believe that they are colonies of living primitive Martian organisms, possibly lichens.

Others are sure that the “banyan trees” are simply lava frozen on the surface.

“To date, there is no conclusive evidence of any kind of Martian biology, past or present, plant or otherwise. In Martian spring, the sun heats the ice, causing it to sublimate directly into steam, and the resulting gas displaces surrounding dust and sand particles. what is happening is that the dark sand is sliding over the bright and icy part of the dune “

Candy Hansen, who participated in the development of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter program.



However, in the following years, photographs of Mars continue to arrive with objects completely different from rocky landscapes, but similar to trees or bushes.

In 2016, photographs of strange black “bushes” growing among empty Martian sand dunes went around the world.

According to NASA, these objects are nothing more than traces of dark sand, which only from their perspective look like plants.

But besides these, there are other images, and it is clearly visible there that this “perspective” has a shadow falling on the surface.

That is, these “trees” are actually something upright and not a “footprint in the sand.” Is someone hiding something from us? If so, why and what is the purpose?

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