And so, that brings me to this week's case of Martian mistaken identity, a story I passed up a couple of times, but it just won't go away.
Fresh from Conspiracy Theory Mecca (a.k.a. YouTube) a self-described "Armchair Astronaut" has created a video describing his discovery of some kind of structure on Mars while using the Mars maps available on Google Earth. (Frustratingly, at time of writing, the YouTube video has been taken offline. It was rapidly approaching 1 million views before removal.) By his reckoning, this "structure" is 750 x 150 feet, making it an obvious top secret base of some kind.
He gave the structure a name: "Bio Station Alpha." Why not? It's as good a name as any.
If you want to find the station on Google Earth/Mars, scoot over to the coordinates 71°49'23.37″N 29°33'5.65″W and have a look for yourself.
As soon as I saw Bio Station Alpha, I first thought "how the heck did he find that?!" It's tiny! If you were looking for it, it would be like looking for a needle in a planet-sized haystack. I have to assume he found it by accident, otherwise this guy has way too much time on his hands.* Sadly, and as you may have guessed, that's no Mars base.