Arthur C. Clarke The picture is striking to the point that there is no compelling reason to say anything regarding it – it’s clearly vegetation to any fair-minded eye.
PS What about creature life?
AC If there is vegetation, it appears to be plausible there are other life-structures also.
PS Few specialists concur with you.
AC Remember how a specific Astronomer Royal said that space flight was ‘utter bilge’?
(For sure, Richard van der Reit Wooley said so in 1956 – Ed.) But they are on the whole correct to be mindful – we actually don’t have 100% confirmation. I believe it’s in the high nineties!
PS Why are you so enthusiastic about this?
AC Because nothing could be a higher priority than the revelation of other living things. It’s getting forlorn down here.