posted on Sep, 1 2012 @ 12:24 AM
Very interesting thing there. I can't say for certain what it is or is not, since it's not really a close enough shot of it. My first thought is
that it is just a rock, but that's not said with 100 % confidence.
However, I think it's always worth pointing out that not every anomaly is pareidolia. People throw that word around too often on ATS. My theory
is that there was intelligent life and ancient civilization on Mars that has since died out. How long ago is my question...thousands, tens of
thousands, Millions, tens of millions, hundreds of millions or Billions of years ago? What would be left if that's the case? Anything? Artifacts
made of some type of metal or stone? Only a theory though, and the more pictures and science we get from this mission the better.
Perhaps, some of these, supposed, artifacts are remnants of some of our failed and successful missions from earth as well. We don't know where all
of our junk has ended up. Going back to the first theory though, if you suspect that there may have been an ancient civilization, you are of course
going to look at all of these anomalies through that filter, but again, I hate when we label every anomaly as pareidolia. If someone says a rock looks
like a bucket or a helmet or head, it's worth taking a look at and having a good discussion about it, without insulting each other. We know so
little about Mars' natural history and geology, that this curiosity mission is going to provide a trove of information and data. Very exciting times.