Is China Hiding Alien Secrets?
Right about now, China is probably wishing that it had the power to censor all of the Internet. No such luck.
Earlier this month, the tech site Gizmodo posted images of an area in China that covers a mile of land and is approximately 3,000 feet wide. According to Gizmodo, the area is “located in Dunhuang, Jiuquan, Gansu, north of the Shule River, which crosses the Tibetan Plateau to the west into the Kumtag Desert.”
But what is weird about the area isn’t the location; it’s what shows up on satellite images of the area…
Mysterious white lines make a criss-cross pattern that to some look like a city grid and to others, like defense expert, Tim Ripley, a missile test area. Ripley was quoted in the UK’s Daily Telegraph as observing: "The picture of the circle looks very like a missile test range, with target and instrumentation set out to record weapon effects. The Americans have lots of these in Nevada – Area 51!"
Whether you believe Ripley or not (pun intended), most experts seem to agree with him. Paul Marks of The New Scientist notes, “Another 4 x 4 piece grid some 200 metres across has some pieces clearly blown to smithereens, again supporting the target practice theory, and a dummy runway in garish bluish-white is probably not for style-conscious aliens but air-to-ground strafing practice.”
And of course there is the alien theory. But aren’t aliens always the fall guys for things we can’t explain? Let’s cut them a break this time and chalk this one up to hackers. A theory, which Marks, admits is a distinct possibility.
But, before you brush these Chinese crop circles off too quickly, it’s interesting to note that this area has been heavily monitored since 2004. “Allen Thomson, an analyst who used to work for the agency in the field of reconnaissance satellites, has noticed that "starting in 2004, somebody has ordered many, many satellite pictures of it,’” reports Gizmodo. So, whatever has been going on here has been happening since 2004, back before most of today’s hackers were even born.
Which begs the question, can aliens order satellite photos?
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