THE Mars Curiosity Rover has taken a strange image that has left space enthusiasts captivated. Captured by NASA, the image shows a crab-like object on the surface of the red planet. Since emerging online, social media has been abuzz with users claiming the finding is proof of alien life. However, scientists have been quick to offer a logical explanation for the mystery object by attributing it to a phenomenon called pareidolia. Senior astronomer at the Centre for SETI Research Seth Shostak explained it was the same phenomenon that causes peoples brains to see shapes in clouds.
“Recognising a crab in a landscape filled with wind-weathered rocks is no more surprising — nor more significant — than seeing a winking face in a semicolon followed by a parenthesis,” he told the Mirror.
Don’t get excited, in any given collection of rocks it is perfectly normal to see Marylin Monroe juggling cats.
But seriously, I find it annoying that we need experts to tell us what we are not seeing with our own eyes.
I want a scene in a movie where someone says this junk and then gets lept upon by a Martian Rock Crab bent on mating with his eyeglasses. (Cue Martian Rock Crab Noises … )