Unknown Creature or Plant-Life on Mars?

Unknown Creature or Plant-Life on Mars?

Case File Information

Date of Event / Case File: 08/05/2014


Original NASA Photograph, untouched and unedited. This is the highest resolution available. 

Official NASA Caption

This image was taken by Mastcam: Right (MAST_RIGHT) onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 710 (2014-08-05 13:25:07 UTC).

What are we looking at?

In this photo from the surface of Mars, there is a mysterious and unknown looking creature or plant life on the wall of a rocky outcrop.  What is it?

Although many photos on Mars are said to have “objects” like a squirrel, or Nazi helmet, or Sasquatch, many are explained away by pareidolia, the psychological phenomena of seeing something that isn’t like – let’s say, like a horse in a wisp of clouds.

This photo, in my opinion, is slightly different, and shows something that is definitely not rock-like in the photo.

It even appears to have a different shade of color than the surrounding rocks, supporting that this is something other than, the rocks.

Original NASA Source


Photographic Analysis

This has been cropped, zoomed and the brightness / contrast has been adjusted. You can clearly see there is something that, doesn't quite look like it blends in to it's surroundings.

This has been cropped, zoomed and the brightness / contrast has been adjusted. You can clearly see there is something that, doesn’t quite look like it blends in to it’s surroundings.

Possible Explanations

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What is the Curiosity Rover?

Curiosity is a car-sized, six-wheeled robot destined for Gale Crater on Mars.

Its mission: to see if Mars ever could have supported small life forms called microbes…and if humans could survive there someday!

In addition to super-human senses that help us understand Mars as a habitat for life, Curiosity’s parts are similar to what a human would need to explore Mars (body, brains, eyes, arm, legs, etc.). Check it out though–sometimes they are located in odd places!




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Originating Organization: NASA/JPL
Organization Link: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/msss/00710/mcam/0710MR0030150070402501E01_DXXX.jpg

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