Alien life conspiracy theorists have for decades poured-over photographs of Mars, searching for evidence of intelligence extraterrestrials – despite all indications suggesting none exist. However, UFO hunter Scott Waring is among those who remain undeterred.
His latest bizarre claim arrives in the form of an archive panorama taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover.
The NASA-verified, gigapan photo was shot by the space agency’s probe on sol 595, or the 595th Martian day of its mission.
Mr Waring took to his blog ET Data Base to speculate about an oddly-shaped anomaly sitting close to a peak on a desolate Martian hill.
He said: “I was looking over some NASA Mars photos and came across something on a hilltop. A structure.
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Redneck Anomalies appeared to be convinced by the claim, asking: “Who has ever seen sand blow into perfectly straight lines and 90 degree corners?”
And fellow viewer Arch Angel agreed, commenting: “Good find, looks like the top of a building area, maybe windows were built around the top for viewing out of.”
What is more likely, however, is the alien discoveries are simply a matter of pareidolia.
Pareidolia, which is a form of apophenia, is an effect which causes people to see recognisable shapes and patterns where they do not exist.
NASA said: “Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data.
“There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space.”