NASA says purported UFO on Mars mere 'hot pixel'

Tuesday, 8 July 2014 - 2:59pm IST | Agency: ANI

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 NASA has recently stated that the bright light recorded by the Curiosity rover on Mars was just a 'hot pixel' and not a UFO.

Justin Maki, leader of the team that built and operates Curiosity's navigation camera, said that in the thousands of images that they have received from Curiosity, they have seen ones with bright spots nearly every week and it was the hot pixel that has been around since they started using the Right Navcam, the Huffington Post reported.

He further added that these could be caused by cosmic-ray hits or sunlight glinting from rock surfaces. has explained that hot pixels occur when a camera's sensor becomes hot during long exposures.

In the first JPL full resolution image, a bright light appeared above some mountains (taken by the rover's Navcam Right camera) and thirty-one seconds later, the rover's Navcam Left camera snapped an image of the light seemingly closer to the Martian surface. 

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