Stunning Mars photo shocks the Internet

Stunning Mars photo shocks the Internet

A remarkable photo has conspiracy theorists claiming a carved image of an ancient warrior woman, although that is very unlikely.

We finally have proof that aliens once lived on Mars, claim conspiracy theorists, and it is from this photo clearly depicting a carved image of an ancient warrior race that once lived on Mars. Or, it is just another oddly shaped rock, if you want to believe any scientist you ask about it.

The latest images from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover caught the attention of Internet sleuths, who claims to have spotted a strange looking statue that looks like the head of some warrior woman. The “statue head” was found in the Gale Crater, where the Curiosity rover is currently conducting its research.

“I have found what seems to be a small feminine looking statue head on Mars in Gale Crater in this recent Curiosity Rover image from NASA. Only a few inches in size or less. It resembles a carved depiction of a female warrior wearing a helmet similar to some found on Earth from the Middle Ages,” Joe White, a space video journalist from Bristol, UK, said according to news reports. “It has a possible emblem on the forehead and some very interesting facial features that look almost Egyptian in artistic style. This is one of hundreds of similar artefacts that I have found on Mars in recent years and may go further to show that there was an ancient and artistic civilisation on Mars in the past.”

Of course, this is not the first time conspiracy theorists claim to have seen alien design in rather mundane geological features. There are literally dozens of other images where Martian believers have extrapolated an alien cause for what can easily be explained as natural variation in rocks.

In reality, scientists do not believe that there was ever any intelligent life on Earth. Scientists are hoping to discover evidence that some form of life once existed on the Red Planet, but it would be in basic, microbial form.

The following are excerpt from Wikipedia on pareidolia, which describes the mind’s tendency to perceive patterns like faces where none exist.

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists.

Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations, the Man in the Moon, the Moon rabbit, hidden messages within recorded music played in reverse or at higher- or lower-than-normal speeds, and hearing indistinct voices in random noise such as that produced by air conditioners or fans.

The following is an excerpt on Cydonia, a region on Mars that is a good example of pareidolia.

Cydonia is a region on the planet Mars that has attracted both scientific and popular interest. The name originally referred to the albedo feature (distinctively coloured area) that was visible from Earthbound telescopes. The area borders plains of Acidalia Planitia and the Arabia Terra highlands. The area includes the regions: “Cydonia Mensae”, an area of flat-topped mesa-like features, “Cydonia Colles”, a region of small hills or knobs, and “Cydonia Labyrinthus”, a complex of intersecting valleys. As with other albedo features on Mars, the name Cydonia was drawn from classical antiquity, in this case from Kydonia, a historic polis (or “city-state”) on the island of Crete. Cydonia contains the “Face on Mars”, located about halfway between Arandas Crater and Bamberg Crater.

The Cydonia facial pareidolia inspired individuals and organizations interested in extraterrestrial intelligence and visitations to Earth, and the images were published in this context in 1977. Some commentators, most notably Richard C. Hoagland, believe the “Face on Mars” to be evidence of a long-lost Martian civilization along with other features they believe are present, such as apparent pyramids, which they argue are part of a ruined city.

While accepting the “face” as a subject for scientific study, astronomer Carl Sagan criticized much of the speculation concerning it in the chapter “The Man in the Moon and the Face on Mars” in his book The Demon-Haunted World. The “face” is also a common topic among skeptics groups, who use it as an example of credulity. They point out that there are other faces on Mars but these do not elicit the same level of study. One example is the Galle Crater, which takes the form of a smiley, while others resemble Kermit the Frog or other celebrities. On this latter similarity, Discover magazine’s “Skeptical Eye” column ridiculed Hoagland’s claims, asking if he believed the aliens were fans of Sesame Street.

The following is a Wikipedia excerpt on the Mars Curiosity rover.

Curiosity is a car-sized rover designed to explore Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL). Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011, at 15:02 UTC aboard the MSL spacecraft and landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater on Mars on August 6, 2012, 05:17 UTC. The Bradbury Landing site was less than 2.4 km (1.5 mi) from the center of the rover’s touchdown target after a 560 million km (350 million mi) journey.[14] The rover’s goals include an investigation of the Martian climate and geology; assessment of whether the selected field site inside Gale Crater has ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life, including investigation of the role of water; and planetary habitability studies in preparation for human exploration.

In December 2012, Curiosity’s two-year mission was extended indefinitely. On August 5, 2017, NASA celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Curiosity rover landing and related exploratory accomplishments on the planet Mars.

Curiosity’s design will serve as the basis for the planned Mars 2020 rover. As of April 29, 2018, Curiosity has been on Mars for 2037 sols (2092 total days) since landing on August 6, 2012.

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