A Martian Morse Code? NASA images reveal strange patterns and dots on the surface of Mars

A set of satellite images provided by NASA reveals strange patterns of dots and dashes on the surface of the Red Planet. Their origin is explained by Hi-RISE mission scientists.


The enigmatic series of dots and dashes spotted on the surface of Mars have created yet another online discussion about Mars.

At first glance, it seems as if the mysterious patterns on the surface of Mars are the ultimate result of Martians using mores code. But, upon closer inspection, you will notice that the enigmatic dots and dashes not an alien code on Mars but the result of a vast area of dunes on the surface of our neighboring planet.

According to researchers, the enigmatic patterns are caused by the limited amount of sand in the area which ultimately led to the creation of the patterns seen in the images of Mars.

The oddly shaped formations were photographed by NASA in the Hagal dune field south of Mars’ north polar cap.

According to Hi-RISE mission scientists, the enigmatic patterns are probably located in an ancient infilled impact crater which has low amounts of sand available for dune formation and is influenced by local Martian winds.

Hi-RISE mission scientists wrote: ‘As a result, the dunes here form distinct dots and dashes.’


According to scientists, the peculiar dashed are in fact linear dunes formed with the help of ‘bi-directional’ winds, which did not travel parallel to the dune. Researchers explained that the combined effect of winds coming from tho different directions at the right angles to the dunes gathers material into a linear shape, which is what we are seeing in Hi-RISE’s satellite images.

The smaller dots which can also be appreciated in the images —called barcahnoid dunes— are formed when there is an interruption in the process that creates the linear dunes —above mentioned.

‘This process is not well understood at present and is one motivation for HiRISE to image this area.’

IN addition to the above, recently, researchers from NASA have discovered a new type of dune on the red planet which looks eerie similar to dunes found underwater on our planet.

Scientists explained that on Earth, wind, and water pass over sand and cause the formation of large dunes or small ripples which are called bedforms.

In their study, researchers wrote: ’Wind blowing over sand on Earth produces decimetre-wavelength ripples and hundred-metre– to kilometer-wavelength dunes: bedforms of two distinct size modes.’

Speaking to Mail Online, lead author Mathieu Lapotre from the California Institute of Technology said:

‘First, the large wind ripples form at wavelengths that are intermediate between those of more typical small ripples that form from grain impacts and those of large dunes.

‘Second, the large wind ripples do not look like any bedforms we readily observe in sandy deserts on Earth – they have sinuous crests and asymmetric profiles, and in fact, most closely resemble current-ripples which form underwater on Earth’s riverbeds.

‘Third, we think that the formation of the large wind ripples, by analogy to that of current-ripples that emerge underwater on Earth, is facilitated by viscous drag exerted by the winds of the Martian low-density atmosphere.’

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  1. Ok. I seem to have a problem in the header, about this information being “alien Morse code” First, Morse code was invented in 1836. International code wasn’t invented until 1903. You would think, if Aliens knew and recognized and picked up on our radio signals, figured out it was a form of communication, they’d send us a message to contact us? I find this story to be extremely far fetched and misleading. Sorry.

    1. Geez, it was just a headline to attract attention. It was designed to induce people to read the article, which I see that you did! It’s clearly not Morse Code, nor is it any kind of code, but you’ll have to admit that the images are interesting and also clearly reminiscent of the kind of dots and dashes Morse Code employs.

  2. This is all fabricated by Nasa because there are no other planets and they cannot fly through the 33,000 mile wide, radiated, van allen belt and have never been to the moon, mars, any asteroid or anything else. It’s all false just as this video is. Our taxpayers are paying for a bogus space program and I wonder where the millons of dollars are going,.

    1. Dude, what is your deal with the Van Allen belt and conspiracy that we’ve been nowhere outside of Gary Powers’ flight? We are tired of hearing your same argument over and over that it’s all a NASA cover-up every time an article pops up about Mars or the Moon. So Cassini, the ISS, Huygens, Viking, Pioneer, Soyuz, and all the myriad rest of them are just little conspiracy stories inside of a conspiracy story? Good Lord marlio, give it a rest.
      Not to mention that “there are no other planets….fabricated by NASA…” so tell us, marlio, did the ancient civilizations that drew pictures and carved on rocks, wrote it down in cuneiform and on cylinder seals, painted on tomb walls and columns.. and passed it down from generation to generation…that the Greeks, Romans, people in medieval times….were they all duped by NASA too…an entity formed in 1958?
      See how silly it sounds?

  3. Oh Yes, often when I’m outside the wind is blowing in my face and the back of head at the same time…..

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