Has NASA finally found evidence of alien life on Mars? A series of pictures taken by the space agency's Curiosity rover have given rise to the idea, after researchers found what looks like fossils among the rocks.
Barry DiGregorio, a research fellow at the University of Buckingham, believes these photos (taken on January 2, 2018) reveal "trace fossils" on the surface of Mars.
They look remarkably similar to Ordovician trace fossils I have studied and photographed here on Earth," he said.
If not trace fossils, what other geological explanations will NASA come up with?
NASA described the formations as "stick-like figures" with each one "about a quarter-inch long".
The space agency used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on board the Curiosity rover to take the close-up pictures of the patterns.
Trace fossils are the name given to remains of things left behind by creatures such as dead remains, footprints or burrows.
Predictably, many on the internet believe the figures are proof that alien creatures once roamed the surface of Mars.
Interestingly, NASA said that it had originally moved past this point on the Martian surface, before wheeling back for a second look at the figures.
These were unique enough, given the fact that we didn't know they were there … [that] we thought we should go back," Ashwin Vasavada from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory told Space. om.
So, does NASA believe it has found trace fossils of alien creatures on Mars? We don't rule it out," Vasavada said.
But we certainly won't jump to that as our first interpretation.
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