scale makes a difference...
Von Daniken claimed that this pattern in the Nazca plain
looked a lot like a parking bay at a modern airport—which it does.
He believes that such evidence proves that aliens used the area as a landing field for their spaceships.
However, this similarity disappears when we get some sense of scale. Here we can see how large an adult woman standing alongside the pattern would be.
The "parking bay" pattern is really only 20 feet across, too small to serve as a parking space for just about any kind of aircraft.
Indeed, when seen from an airplane, we discover that this part of the pattern is actually...
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