In the 26 months it spent on Mars’ surface, the Curiosity rover has sent back valuable information about the red planet’s past. It brought evidence that water once flowed over its surface, bringing us one step closer to understanding our place in the universe.
Curiosity also snapped several photos that caused heated debate among viewers. While some saw nothing but oddly shaped rocks, others clearly identified artificial objects and we’ve discussed some of them here.
Half embedded in the martian soil, the object’s familiar disk shape led some to believe that Curiosity photographed an ancient UFO crash site. The disk stands out in the surrounding area and no similar structures can be seen near it.
It fits in the classic description of unidentified flying objects, with a hemispheric structure below the central disk and a similar but smaller dome on top.
Supporters of the UFO theory have long claimed that NASA uses editing techniques to hide or alter suspicious objects in the photos it releases and they believe this happened here as well. They claim that it’s unlikely that this object was formed by natural processes on Mars because it is the first and only one of its kind.
Skeptics argue that it is most likely a rock sculpted by water or erosion during the course of perhaps millions of years and that people usually see what they want in images such as this one.
Whatever the case may be, this photo is just one of the many that manage to spark interests and raise questions.
Take a look at the video below: