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NASA sued for failing to investigate alien life

Close-up of the photographed 'rock.' (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Close-up of the photographed ‘rock.’ (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The plaintiff in a new lawsuit accuses NASA of failing to properly investigate an object on the Martian surface that he believes is alive.

In mid-January, NASA’s Opportunity rover photographed a mysterious object on Mars that had not been there when Opportunity photographed the same location just twelve days prior. Dr. Rhawn Joseph filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in a federal court on Tuesday, January 28 in which he requests that NASA “perform a public, scientific, and statutory duty which is to closely photograph and thoroughly scientifically examine and investigate a putative biological organism.”

Dr. Rhawn Joseph. (Credit: Rhawn Joseph)
Dr. Rhawn Joseph. (Credit: Rhawn Joseph)

NASA has already inspected the mysterious object. And as Popular Science explains, “For the record: NASA has identified it as a rock. A very special rock, with rare properties, even. But definitely a rock.” The organization believes this rock was simply kicked up by the rover.

However Joseph disagrees with the rock explanation. It is his belief that the “rock” was in that location the whole time. It just took time for it to grow enough to become visible to the rover. Joseph asserts in the suit that “The refusal to take close up photos from various angles, the refusal to take microscopic images of the specimen, the refusal to release high resolution photos, is inexplicable, recklessly negligent, and bizarre.”

Here is the filing:

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. Is it possible that NASA did take more images and did more research on the ‘rock’ in question? We may never know because after all it is a government agency and subject to classification procedures.

  2. So if it was only a rock , why does it NOT resemble the other rocks surrounding the area? Good for you Sir. I’m glad that someone else is adamant about keeping our agencies accountable to the public at large. Too many rogue agencies these days overstepping their bounds and taking liberties that they are not entitled to as well as not disclosing entire truths when new discoveries are found. I salute you Dr. Rhawn.

  3. Then, perhaps, is there fossils or life elsewhere? But, isn’t the emergence and maintenance of life a process of radical contingency? That is, is a unique and unrepeatable past totally necessary? Or does life emerge through space like mushrooms when some conditions are present? So, how many conditions are necessary: three, four, trillions, infinite? Only one, water or any sort of God? Is God the word that means infinite conditions, absolute necessity? Anyway, how did the life that emerge in a given conditions resist when switching to a different moment? How does life resist time itself, the effects of entropy? But, is it possible for human beings to recognise a simpler life than their own brain only? On the other hand, beyond likeness, is it possible to recognise a complex life than their brain, is this the extra-terrestrial life that some people are searching unsuccessfully? However, is there an origin of life or would it be as finding a cut in the material history of the universe, an infinite void that human language patches now? Along these lines, there is a peculiar book, a short preview in http://goo.gl/rfVqw6 Just another alien suggestion, far away from dogmas or axioms.

  4. If you think NASA just labeled this a rock and forgot about it, you’re nuts. They’re just as excited as all of us…or MORE. They’ve already studied the HECK out of that thing…whatever it is. They just don’t want to share it with US.

  5. I an a firm believer in the UFO alien other world theory and even have a close up video of a large V H speed disk, but at first sight of this rock I had it pegged as an object kicked up by the rover.

  6. Don’t waste your time and energy waiting for nasa, seti, astronomers and Govts. to tell you about real alien life. If you have an open mind simply open http://www.theyfly.com, and read The Pleiadian Mission by US psychologist Randolph Winters.

  7. This rock may or may not be anything ,however, the lawyer ought to sue NASA for destroying those 3 shells in the rock surface with a drill bit. THAT was obvious fossils of past life forms.

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