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Aliens on Mars? NASA scientists find ancient fossils in image shot by Curiosity rover on Mars

Aliens on Mars? NASA scientists find ancient fossils in image shot by Curiosity rover on Mars

Scientists at the US space agency NASA have spotted a strange looking object on the surface of Mars while examining the image captured by the Curiosity rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI). While investigating the photos sent by the Curiosity rover, Barry DiGregorio, a researcher at the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, United Kingdom, detected an unusual and a tiny thing on Mars landscape. Baffled scientists haven’t figure out what exactly object is, but they believe it could be trace fossils.

Barry said that those strange looking things are quite similar to Ordovician trace fossils that he had found on Earth. Talking more about this, Ashwin Vasavada, scientists at NASA’s Jep Propulsion Laboratory, California stated that the newly discovered mysterious object is very small measuring one or two millimeters (0.04 to 0.08 inches) in width and around 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) long.

Apparently, these things were first detected in black and white color form. Bamboozled by the stunning discovery, scientists then send the Curiosity rover to get the colored pictures.

There are still some questions about these things, like are they related to geological or biological parameters, are they trace fossils? If they are trace fossils then it will be the direct evidence of the existence of life on the Mars in the past which will be the biggest discovery in the history of mankind.

Pascal Lee, a planetary scientist at the Mars Institute and SETI in Mountain View, California said that the images ignited the curiosity among scientists to know more about the mysterious trace fossils. Lee informed that when he first looked at the thing, he thought it as bioturbation. It is the process where living organisms in sediments can affect the structure of sediments just like the formation of worm burrows. Once they are fossilized then erosion comes into play, helping them to come over the surface. Apparently, it is just an assumption and the team needs more data to make such claim, Lee said.

It may be some crystals in the rock or like crystal molds, Vasavada stated. However, right now NASA is not planning to carry out space mission for this. Now, the scientists working on Curiosity mission are trying to know more about this strange looking thing and also trying to identify what they depict. Vasavada said that may be the Curiosity rover can identify if it is a process of crystallization or biological process.

The Curiosity’s MAHLI imagery, Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) and Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) are now investigating more about it. But it is quite difficult to know about the origin of such things by photos beamed back by the Curiosity rover.

It is not the first time that NASA and other people have spotted some strange object in the images shot by the Curiosity rover. Previously, many alien enthusiasts that believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life have spotted several mysterious objects on the Martian surface including goblin face, army camp, spoon, lizard, and much more. However, the discovery of Gautam Buddha statue on the red planet caught most attention which suggested that aliens on Mars are not only intelligent but they follow a culture just like we humans do on Earth.

Moreover, it is the first time that NASA has agreed on the finding of strange objects on Mars that might point towards the alien life in the past on the red planet. If all the clues fit correctly, then the discovery will shock the entire world as it will prove we are not alone.

What do you think? Are we alone? Aliens exist? Do give your opinion in the comment section below.

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Kanishk Singh

Kanishk Singh, co-founder, and editor-in-chief at The TeCake, has forayed in the Science and Space for over five years, he enjoys his stint as an editor of several local magazines. He has written several editorials and high-level documentations.

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