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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.
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.
Originally posted by gortex
Seems Pareidolia varies person to person , some see a rat others see a Lizard .... Most see a Rock .
MARS: Fossilized Lizard? Large Image
Originally posted by OrionHunterX
Sorry guys if this has been posted before. The search function didn't show any thread related to this particular one but for a similar looking 'creature' that was not half as good as the images shown below. I haven't the faintest clue whether this particular image has been debunked or not.
Agreed! But the odds are one in a gazillion to see a rock that has a tail, legs, head and eyes!!
SEARCH wasnt that hard
Originally posted by CosmicQuest
reply to post by OrionHunterX
Mars Rat? 'Creature' Spotted In NASA Curiosity Rover Image
Isn't Mars a dead planet ?
How can Life survive in it ?
"Methane is quickly destroyed in the Martian atmosphere in a variety of ways, so our discovery of substantial plumes of methane in the northern hemisphere of Mars in 2003 indicates some ongoing process is releasing the gas," said Michael Mumma of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "At northern mid-summer, methane is released at a rate comparable to that of the massive hydrocarbon seep at Coal Oil Point in Santa Barbara, Calif." Mumma is lead author of a paper describing this research that will appear in Science Express on Thursday.
Methane, four atoms of hydrogen bound to a carbon atom, is the main component of natural gas on Earth. Astrobiologists are interested in these data because organisms release much of Earth's methane as they digest nutrients. However, other purely geological processes, like oxidation of iron, also release methane.
The boulders, plus earlier evidence that the faults are giving off heat that could be related to volcanic activity, made Gerald Roberts of the University of London and colleagues wonder if the region is still active and quaking. But Mars's boulders can also move when ice vaporises.
To tell the two scenarios apart, Roberts and colleagues compared the distribution of boulders on Mars to the way boulders fell after the 2009 earthquake in moutainous L'Aquila, Italy. In that quake, large boulders stayed close to the epicentre, while some smaller boulders rolled farther away. Vaporising ice, by contrast, should show no special distribution according to boulder size, the researchers say. They found that the size and number of boulders decreased with distance from Cerberus Fossae. "This is consistent with the hypothesis that boulders had been mobilised by ground-shaking, and that the severity of the ground-shaking decreased away from the epicentres of marsquakes," Roberts said in a statement.
Originally posted by ChuckNasty
SEARCH wasnt that hard
It's over a year old?edit on 3-6-2013 by ChuckNasty because: one year too late
Correction, about half a year old.edit on 3-6-2013 by ChuckNasty because: half a year too late