Apr 23, 2009
This secretive picture taken by the Mars Spirit Rover was taken in 2004 shortly after landing safely on the red planet. However not until January 2008 when it was identified by an amateur astronomer pouring over the images, was the discovery bought to the publics attention.
To some, the image shows what appears to be a female figure with her head turned away from shot with her arm posed across her waist whilst sitting on a martian rock. Also of interest within the image is what appears to be the number ‘5’ etched into the nearby martian dust.
Given our interest in the martian landscape and the continued search for extraterrestrial life on the planet it is not surprising that the connection was made. However, past ‘sightings’ of strange structures (1976 photographs of the Cydonia region of Mars) have of course been identified, which following a further fly past by the rover team revealed the ‘face on mars’ to be nothing more than martian rocks distorted through shadows.
It is also of note that we draw ‘human’ similarities with the figure. This event, termed ‘pareidolia’, is recognized in psychology groups, and has proven to be the source of many reportedly mystifying and extraordinary occurrences. What do you think the image depicts?