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NASA Slams Conspiracy Theorists Who Say They Have Found Strange Creatures on Mars

The Martian pictures sent back to earth by the Curiosity rover only show a landscape of strangely-shaped rocks. But to many conspiracy theorists, these images are proof that NASA is hiding knowledge of an alien civilization living on the red planet. From a ghostly woman to a bizarre military bunker, alien hunters have, so far, spotted all manner of things on Mars.  While NASA hardly comments on these claims, one of its researchers has now delivered a clarification for why so many people see bizarre objects on the red planet. Ashwin Vasavada, who is currently working on the Mars rover project, says scientists are not hiding proof of alien life from the general public. His comments came after a slight increase in 'sightings' of bizarre alien objects on the red planet. In their newest 'discovery', for example, a number of people claim that they had spotted the Star Destroyer from Star Wars on Mars.

A couple of months ago, alien hunters said they had spotted a bizzare 'facehugger crab' on the red planet. NASA’s Mars rover project scientist, Vasavada told CNN “There is no group that would be happier to see such a thing than the 500 scientists around the world who work on this Curiosity rover. So far we haven't seen anything that is so obvious that it would be similar to what these claims are.” According to him these bizarre sightings are nothing but just a trick of the mind, known pareidolia, the psychological reaction to seeing familiar objects in different places. It is a type of apophenia, which is when people see shapes or connections in random, unrelated data. Human eyes can see faces within their environment and it helps them recognize friends in a huge gathering, work out how fast a car is travelling, and see different shapes.

Vasavada added “We have colour HD cameras on this rover that far exceed anything ever sent to the planet before,”

Director of the Centre for SETI Research, Seth Shostak, says we also tend to use this ability of seeing familiar things at random places to 'deepen our imagination' and recognize meaningful shapes, even when they're actually not there at all.

What is your opinion?


Anonymous said...

Sorry, but completely dismissing any theories about possible life on Mars is very stupid, and UNscientific. If life is one day discovered on Mars, then who is the biggest fool? NASA of course.

Unknown said...

But NASA doesn't claim there is no life on mars. They just don't believe it until it's proven true. That's how science works and that's how it's different from religious bullshit that tells you to believe something without any evidence.

Unknown said...

Well then what the heck is that thing anyways? No answers, just "oh look, another rock!".

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