A high-definition image of Mars recently taken by the NASA Opportunity Rover has some people freaking out.
Why? Because right in the middle of the rocky landscape is an object that looks unnatural and completely out of place.
The object appears to have a smooth surface and is shaped like many spacecraft seen in movies. Bright areas on the object make it look like it has lights as well.
Take a look:
Of course, the image sparked immediate interest, especially among UFO enthusiasts who claimed the object is an alien spacecraft, proving there could be life on the Red Planet.
The photo was posted online to the social sharing website Reddit, where a discussion about what the object could be took off. Some users thought it looked like “like light glimmering off of a genuine spaceship” while others speculated that the object looked as though it had a hatch of some sort similar to Luke Skywalker’s speeder on Tatooine in the original “Star Wars.”
User Prosaic Origin posted the photo to Reddit with the question: “Uh nasa? UFO Caught on Mars Rover Mission? Is This Real?”
User jrtv wrote: “Amazing picture. When was this captured?”
User sataz was a little more down to earth: “Compared to the size of the tire tracks, the object must be pretty small. Some piece of the rover or other earthly object perhaps?”
Other images from Rover’s explorations on the planet reveal strangely-shaped objects that some say resemble bones and tree stumps.
In all fairness, the object certainly looks unusual.
Author of the UFO Investigations Manual Nigel Watson told the U.K. Daily Mail that the clarity of the image is problematic.
“It might look like a spaceship, but as usual the picture is out-of-focus and there is no guide to tell the viewer how big or small this object is,” he said, adding that the object could be a piece of debris, such as its heat shield, from the Mars Rover or its sky crane landing system.
“Unless we get more detailed information this is another case of wishful thinking,” he said.
It could be something alien or perhaps debris from the Rover’s landing. It could also be an optical illusion.
Or it could simply be a rock.
NASA did not immediately release a statement about the object in the image, which was supposedly taken in March, according to the U.K. Express.
Whatever it is, it is definitely interesting and will have people trying to figure out what it is for quite some time.
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