The second-closest asteroid to Earth, Eros, discovered in 1989 by German astronomer Carl Gustav Witt, may hold an unsolved mystery, according to bizarre images taken by the NEAR spacecraft.
The new millennium made Eros famous with a series of images showing its surface around the 7.6 kilometer diameter crater left by the probe.
But thanks to the NEAR probe, built and operated by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, and launched as part of NASA’s Discovery program of low-cost planetary missions, it took strange shots of the asteroid.
The mystery of Eros
Between May and August 2000, the probe revolved around the asteroid at an altitude of 50 kilometers, in a so-called “low” orbit. When she returned to Earth on May 1, she brought back with her a strange image that can still be downloaded from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Photographic Journal website.
The image shows a mysterious anomaly on the surface of the asteroid in the shape of a “building”, or “heavy machine”, whose length is estimated at 45 meters.
The website says the unusual image was taken at an orbital altitude of 53 kilometers, showing a scene about 1.8 kilometers wide.
The landscape is marked by various craters and boulders up to 8 meters wide. The large rectangular rock in the upper right corner is 45 meters wide.
Either NASA is lying about anomalous structures in space, or something weird is going on there. A perfectly rectangular rock is practically impossible under spatial conditions.
Anomalies in space
Theorists suggest they are extraterrestrial space probes or even extraterrestrial infrastructure. Not only does it have larger dimensions than all the rest, but it also emits light in a radius of almost 2 kilometers.
Many wondered if it was a coincidence that NASA chose Eros as the first asteroid to land on. In fact, the probe landed in 2001, after a year in orbit. This allowed scientists to identify up to 7,000 rocks over 15 meters in diameter, most of which were created by impacts from another celestial body, which created the Schumacher crater.
Curiously, while the probe was photographing Eros, the camera suddenly broke when the spacecraft touched down on the surface, preventing close-up images of the crater and anomalies from being taken.
Is it possible the probe picked up something it wasn’t supposed to pick up? It wouldn’t be the first time strange or seemingly extraterrestrial anomalies have been captured outside of our planet.