NASA Scientists Discover Dinosaur Footprint

By Amir Khan on August 22, 2012 12:53 PM EDT

NASA may be looking for signs of life on other planets, but they may want to take a better look at their own backyard first. NASA scientists discovered what appears to be a footprint from an ancient dinosaur under their own feet.

Evidently, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland sits on a site that used to be a dinosaur stomping ground -- and one left its mark. The dinner-plate sized imprint shows the rear right foot of a nodosaur, a "low-slung, spiny leaf-eater -- apparently moving in haste," Ray Stanford, an amateur dinosaur tracker, said in a NASA statement.

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"Space scientists may walk along here, and they're walking exactly where this big, bungling heavy armored dinosaur walked," Stanford said.

However, before you head out to the center to try to catch a glimpse of the footprint yourself, NASA said they are keeping the location a secret at this point.

"The agency considers the footprint and its location sensitive, but unclassified," Alan Binstock, Goddard facilities manager, said in the statement.

"It's not something I want to make a tourist attraction at this point," Jennifer Groman, NASA's federal preservation officer, told the Washington Post. "We don't want people barreling down there with shovels. We can't have anyone pick it up and take it off property."

The nodosaur footprint wasn't the only thing found at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Stanford also found footprints from three-toed, flesh eating therapods, according to LiveScience.

I love the paradox," Stanford told the Washington Post. "Space scientists walk along here, and they're walking where this big, bungling, heavy-armored dinosaur walked maybe 110, 112 million years ago. It's just so poetic."

Stanford also said that it's likely there are other dinosaur tracks under the building and parking lot of the center.

"This must have been a nodosaur's paradise," he said. "Imagine all these nesting dinosaurs living in here. There have got to be dinosaur tracks all over this place."

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