Life on Mars, it is a thought that has inspired NASA and now private investors as well to explore outer space for years, but have we finally found proof that it exists?
The mast camera on NASA’s Curiosity Rover potentially revealed just that. Experts claim that a rat appears in the picture above, taken on September 28th, 2012. The picture appears to depict a rat hiding behind rocks, although critics point out that the similarities in color and size most likely point to it being just another rock.
Taken in the “Rocknest site” the photo could finally be the evidence NASA has been seeking to prove that there is indeed life on Mars. The Rocknest site was the same location where the Rover determined that the sand on the surface composed of basaltic materials similar to that which would be found in Hawaii on Earth. The Rover determined the makeup of the soil through scooping up a sample and then ‘tasting’ it.
Believers in the rodent depicted above have noticed several key distinctions between the surrounding rocks and the alleged rodent. User ScottCWaring from the UFO Sightings Daily website, where the observed rodent was originally discovered, described what he saw as follows “Note its lighter color upper and lower eyelids, its nose and cheek areas, its ear, its front leg and stomach. Looks similar to a squirrel camouflaged in the stones and sand by its colors,” he wrote. “Hey, who doesn’t love squirrels, right?”
Whether or not this appears to be a rodent to you is up for debate. I can definitely see how one can see a squirrel like creature in the image above, however believing that NASA had finally proven that life on Mars exists is something I remain skeptical of. Had the rover uncovered video of this creature moving, rather than a still shot, this would have proven something substantial.
As it stands, the debate will ensue, but without any concrete evidence proving that the creature was indeed a living, breathing Mars rodent, more exploration and evidence will be needed to prove the existence of life on the red planet.
Science fiction movies have long loved the possibility of life on other planets, letting our minds run wild about the endless possibilities the universe has to offer. We may have finally be closing in on proving that it is out there, and as close as our neighboring planet. If video footage of a moving creature emerge from the Rover down the road, the race to Mars would be on, as everyone would want to be the first to come into contact with these creatures.
Mars Rovers have surfaced footage previously that have appeared to be living things, yet have been shown to be fictitious upon further investigation . As recently as 2010 the Spirit Rover sent back a picture of what some thought was a gorilla.
Without concrete evidence, NASA’s quest to prove there is life on Mars will continue into the future. Whether or not this actually is a rodent is up for debate. What do you think? Vote in the poll below and find out whether or not people believe this is the life NASA has sought on Mars.
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