TORONTO – For centuries upon centuries, humans have pondered the origin of our existence and whether there is life beyond our planet, lurking even within the confines of our solar system. Recent photos taken from the Mars Rover dubbed Curiosity have been causing a stir online, as the images appear to show signs of what many are speculating to be proof of alien life.
Conspiracy theorists have been analyzing the photos that NASA has sent back to Earth via the Rover for years now, and the latest image is of a spaceship-shaped rock that have people saying are actually a UFO.
It seems crazy, but these types of assumptions are mild for some of the other theories that have sprung up over the years. “I found this anomaly in the latest Curiosity Rover photo. The black object looks like a crashed UFO,” writes Scott C. Waring on the UFO Sightings Daily website in regards to the most recent discovery.
“The craft is only about 2.5-3 meters across, so it probably only held a few passengers. Since many of the figures we found on Mars are about 5-8 cm tall, then we can conclude that his [sic] ship could carry about 20-40 passengers.”
This is another discovery that can be added to the growing list that includes a mysterious woman, levitating rock and Martian crab. Don’t get carried away just yet though. It’s more than likely that these theorists and anyone who sees these things in the images are experiencing pareidolia, a phenomena where the brain recognizes a familiar object or pattern where it doesn’t exist, perhaps in an attempt to process it more easily.
A statement by Ashwin Vasavada, a scientists on the Mars Rover project who spoke with CNN, confirms the idea. He’s quoted as saying, ““We have color HD cameras on this rover that far exceed anything ever sent to the planet before, and yet in order to find these things that kind of trick your brain into thinking it’s a mermaid or whatever, you do have to zoom in where it’s kind of a fuzzy shadow at that point.”