A new YouTube video from Paranormal Crucible maintains that a photo snapped by the rover’s Mastcam camera on May 7, 2015 shows a pyramid of “near perfect design and shape” and that the object is likely “the result of intelligent design and certainly not a trick of light and shadow.”
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Photo snapped by NASA’s Curiosity rover on May 7, 2015 purports to show a car-sized pyramid on Mars. Curiosity was launched into space on Nov. 26, 2011 and landed on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012.
“It is a rock,” Dr. Jim Bell, deputy principal investigator of the Mastcam investigation program and a professor of astronomy at Arizona State University in Tempe, told The Huffington Post in an email. “It is probably a volcanic rock (like most rocks that we’ve seen with rovers on Mars), and just like many volcanic rocks on the Earth, many volcanic rocks on Mars break and cleave in very sharp, angular ways. This one happens to have cleaved into a pyramidal shape, which is actually not too uncommon among hard, dense volcanic rocks on the Earth either.”
Bell, who termed the photo “fun to look at…but not particularly Earth-shattering,” seems to have been trying hard not to offend anyone who believed the pyramid story.
Ouch. And this isn’t the first time claims about strange objects on Mars have been shot down. In recent months people have spotted everything from a skull and a thighbone to an iguana.
As for little green men, no sightings reported–yet.