(ANIMAL NEWS) Zooming in on a portion of the image taken by NASA’s Curiosity Rover back in September 2012 reveals what appears to be a rodent crouching between two rocks, with its nose to the ground. Although the alleged ‘Mars rat’ is most likely a conveniently placed array of rocks, the picture has now gone viral, jumping from the pages of UFO Sightings Daily to various mainstream publications. Check out the photo below to see for yourself and let us know what you think! — Global Animal
Is that a rat… on Mars?!
Yes, according to a theory from one determined man in Japan who recently scoured dozens of NASA photos taken by the space agency’s Mars Curiosity rover. A post on UFO Sightings Daily shows the “Mars rat,” which appears to be a creature with legs and a tail among rocks on the planet.
As the blog notes, the figure “seems to resemble a rodent but also may be a lizard.”
The alleged Mars rat should not be confused with a similar sighting first pointed out in December: An image taken by the Curiosity rover at the “Rocknest” site in September shows a rodent-like figure that most closely resembles a squirrel. However, as UFO Sightings Daily notes, that observation may have been staged by NASA as part of an experiment.
While this most recent rodent sighting may be yet another NASA test (or the result of a few perfectly placed rocks), it’s most likely not a living creature. After all, this is something NASA would make an announcement about, right?
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 original NASA photo and the UFO Sightings Daily version that points to the “Mars rat” below, and let us know what you think.