“It would have been incredibly exciting and interesting and perhaps even historic if this were a real feature, but it appears to have just been some sort of mapping or mosaic mistake in the low-resolution data.”
- James Bell, Ph.D., Astronomer and Planetary Scientist, ASU
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June 14, 2011 Tempe, Arizona - On June 11, 2011, I reported an Earthfiles interview with Prof. James Bell, Ph.D., Prof. of Astronomy and Planetary Sciences, Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona, about the recent and controversial David Martines video at YouTube and related articles in the U. K. Daily Mail and The Sun. Please see 061111 Earthfiles.
Prof. Bell is an astronomer and planetary scientist who uses remote sensing, field studies, and laboratory studies to explore the geology, mineralogy, origin, and evolution of planetary surfaces. His current research focuses mostly on the geology and mineralogy of Mars using data from the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers. He is the lead scientist for those cameras and also works with images from the other Mars orbiters.
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