September, 2012, a photo was released taken from the mars curiosity rover, that appeared to be a squirrel. NASA has kept silent concerning the photograph sent from the martian surface, but that has not stopped the ongoing speculation from the online community. Now again, another picture has surfaced and it looks as though yet another rodent has been spotted.
Glen Tickle Of GeekoSystem has this theory (which is probably the right one).
What’s happening here is called pareidolia. It’s a phenomenon of the human brain where it likes to see faces. It’s why electrical outlets look like faces, and how two dots and a line can make a recognizable smiley face. Scott McCloud covers it nicely in Understanding Comics.
There is no Mars rat, and it’s driving me crazy to see so many news outlets giving credence to this nonsense
Is it just a case of pareidolia? Wishful thinking? Or is there something more to the photos than meet the eye?
Theorists have made claims about the mars pictures consisting of NASA experiments of releasing rodents contained in cryogenic chambers onboard the rover onto the surface of the planet, to naturally present animal life acclimated to the martian atmosphere, which contains 95% carbon dioxide and only trace amounts of oxygen. In any case, why the silence?
Is NASA looking at life on Mars the wrong way?
If life on earth has proven anything, it’s that life is persistent and breaks through barriers and free from constraints. Life exists in the most remote regions of the planet. Life has been discovered where it was previously believed that none could. One thing to keep in mind, is that there is no precedent for something until it happens.
Earlier this year, the agency revealed that the Curiosity rover uncovered signs that life may have once existed on Mars. NASA scientists cited a rock sample the rover analyzed in February that contained elements necessary for supporting life.
“We have characterized a very ancient, but strangely new ‘gray Mars’ where conditions once were favorable for life,” John Grotzinger, Mars Science Laboratory project scientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., said in a statement at the time. “Curiosity is on a mission of discovery and exploration, and as a team we feel there are many more exciting discoveries ahead of us in the months and years to come.”
Check out the images below of the Mars Rat and let us know what you think in the comment section below.
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