From rats to skulls to a disappearing doughnut, so-called “ufologists” claim to have seen all sorts of strange things in photos taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover.
Now they’re saying that a rover photo taken in 2012 shows the shadow of a human or human-like alien “messing with” the rover.
“The person has no helmet and their short hair is visible and in high detail,” according to ufologist Scott Waring in a post on his blog UFO Sightings Daily. “The person has on air tanks on their back and a suit that covers most of the body except the hair.”
Waring goes on to wonder if the image indicates that the rover isn’t even on Mars at all but still here on Earth, or that humanoid aliens live on the Red Planet.
Of course, there’s always the (more likely) possibility that the shadow only looks like that of a humanoid creature. It makes sense that our brains would try to interpret the image this way. Humans are wired to spot patterns and even faces in images, it’s a phenomenon called pareidolia.
Here’s the same shadow from a slightly different angle taken about 30 seconds later. Yes, it still looks vaguely like a person, but if it is he or she has managed to keep perfectly still, because the figure hasn’t budged.
My thought? It’s just the rover’s own shadow.