Beautiful New ‘Prometheus’ Images Emerge From Viral Sites

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Fans of the Alien franchise, sci-fi movies or anything Ridley Scott related have had special couple of weeks thanks to Twentieth Century Fox’s marketing push for Prometheus. After reporting that Guy Pearce had been cast in the film last year, we finally saw what he was really working: the viral campaign which kicked off with a TED lecture video starring Pearce as Peter Weyland in the year 2023.

This paved the way for viral sites containing mysteries that fans must solve and uncover, the first of which was the space map still from two weeks ago. Since then, the official side of the marketing plan shared the must-watch IMAX and international trailers, followed today by a pair of new images again found through the viral sites.

Prometheus is one of Screen Rant’s most anticipated films of 2012 and the trailers reinforced our excitement for Ridley Scott’s return to the universe he crafted when Alien released in 1979. It doesn’t hurt that Fox is being very smart in how they take advantage of the mysterious and intriguing nature of the film and its genre-defining visual designs

See for yourself with the below gallery, featuring the beautiful space map from two weeks ago, along with full-size and zoomed in versions of the two images discovered on the Project Prometheus viral site today. One depicts the ‘Prometheus’ ship on approach to the mysterious and distant planet the research team is attempting to explore in the film, and the other depicts the vehicles and crew around the landing area.

Thanks to First Showing for following the progress of the viral and sharing the details on how the images were unlocked. To find them yourselves (if you want the super high-resolution versions of the still), follow these steps using the Project Prometheus and Weyland Industries websites (which on the surface, contain nothing):


Prometheus flight image:

  • The “Eridu” URL extension found from the Weyland Industries investor blog. It’s the name of the Sumerian city believed to be one of the locations where the characters of the film find the ancient pictograms which they used to derive the location of the planet they travel to. Eridu is now known as Tell Abu Shahrain and that’s the password you need to enter (all lowercase).

Surface vehicles:

  • This one was a lot more complex and the “245409″ URL refers to a star (HD 245409), the cosmic call number of the radio message sent to the Orion constellation back in 2003 to communicate with any potential alien life – one that won’t arrive until 2040. Here’s where it gets really weird: the Orion message was part of the second set of interstellar messages sent out, dubbed “Cosmic Call 2″ and it was structured as such (abbreviated): DDM2 – DDM2 – DDM2 – AM – AM – AM – BIG – BIG – BIG – BM – ESM – PP, each group of letters referring to a different message. Put them together with a comma and that’s your password: “DDM2DDM2DDM2AMAMAMBIGBIGBIGBMESMPP,

Space map:

  • “6EQUJ6″ comes from a hidden morse code message carefully placed on the site. It was found by going to the About Us part of the site and looking at (and decoding) a blinking star image on the lower left, an image with the convenient filename “findme.gif.”


If the history and myth behind this intrigues you, seek out The Return of Enlil by A. Wilson Rodgers and prepare to have your mind blown.

Prometheus hits 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters June 8, 2012.


Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes if want to chat Prometheus.

Sources: Project Prometheus, First Showing, Weyland Investor Blog

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  1. Awesome pics (the quality of the space map picture is amazing)
    Thanks Rob.

  2. Movie looks like a instant classic! This will be one of the few movies ill see in the movie theaters this year.

  3. Wow, this looks absolutely amazing! Looking forward to this one!

  4. Excited to see this film! I just downloaded the suggested book for my Kindle and will dive headfirst into it!!

  5. Rob you are right in saying that this is your most anticipated film rather than TDKR and The Avengers. There is so much good buzz surrounding this.
    Ugh, June 8th cannot come soon enough!

    • *high five*

    • 1 day before my bday. woot. :D

  6. this movie looks scary , alien movies always scare the s4*t out of me !!!!

  7. No Xeno’s in any previews or facehuggers. make shift eggs and seems like somebody is infected and going around sabotagin equipment and killing

    • If you look closely, it really appears like there’s a facehugger in the most recent trailer. It’s near the end. Look for someone writhing around on a table in what looks like a medical facility. Naturally, the object in question is up toward the person’s head area. Blink and you’ll miss it.

      • And there is a quick image of a face hugger melting through a faceplate!

  8. Definately watching this in IMAX 3-D the visuals are amazing.

  9. Awesome pictures.

    Judging by the trailer, I think one of the crew memebers will somehow get infected and starts hunting the remaining crew memebers and becomes the Space Jockey, leaving one survivour to be strand on the planet and years later, the survivour sends a rescue signal to Nostromo, the ship from the first Alien movie, setting it up to Alien.

    Ridley Scott confirmed that the Aliens wouldn’t appear and the last 8 minutes of Prometheus will leave connection towards the first movie.

    Still, I hope Prometheus will give scary and thrilling moments like the first Alien movie.

    • That doesn’t make sense considering we already know that “Mother”, the Nostromo’s computer had already deciphered part of the transmission, and it was a warning, not a distress signal.

  10. 6EQUJ6 was also the signal code of the “Wow” signal back in 1977. Nice little nod to actual SETI history

  11. Of all the viral campaigns and pre-release promotions
    for 2012 movies Prometheus succeeds the best
    in the objective of creating anticipation.

    I would not be surprised if Sir Ridley
    himself has been orchestrating it.

  12. Prometheus is already a name for a space ship as shown in Stargate SG-1, lol.

    • And a Star Trek vessel.

  13. the original space map you posted a couple weeks ago in hd is very interesting when you do a color negative of it. very interesting.

  14. Nice.

    As Homer once said “Now that’s a spicy meatball!!”

  15. Yes but from the egg shaped canisters that theyre walking through you can tell those probably weren’t average facehuggers in those canisters. so it’s safe to assume that once one of the crewmembers was exposed to the contents of the canisters that they evolved in to the xenos or the facehuggers as someone said the blue humanoid alien guy which still bothers me. Was really looking forward to seeing the true space jockeys depicted in the novels and comics. Ifnone of the crewmembers turn into the blue alien or does most of the killing in this movie I will be very unhappy

  16. When I go to, I just get a static image and no log in thing or place to put a password or anything. What’s going on?

  17. Something thats caught my interest also is the weather on LV 476…it seems clear to me from the pics that whatever happened with the Aliens affected the rest of the planet…either that or they have really long storms on LV 476… Remember the weather dident clear up on LV476 untill they brough in the atmosperic processors after the events of the first Alien movie.

  18. I like the design of the ship. It reminds me of Serenity. :)