Is it a lizard? Is it a baby alien? Is it a cat? Or is it just our imagination going wild? We’ll probably get an irrefutable answer soon. Until that moment, all we can do is speculate. What’s for sure is that the Curiosity rover of NASA spotted an unusual shape of rock from Mars that immediately ignited the imagination of astronomers.
CNET brings the news that will continue to make space enthusiasts speculate. The piece of rock with the peculiar shape is defying the erosion forces from the Red Planet. The Curiosity rover is currently exploring the Gale Crater of Mars.
A particularly whimsical rock texture
Abigail Fraeman described the sight by naming it as “a particularly whimsical image of an interesting rock texture”. Fraeman is a planetary geologist from NASA, and he also said as quoted by CNET.com:
I continue to be dazzled by the textures we’re seeing, especially the prevalence of centimeter-sized bumps and lumps poking out of the bedrock.
Some see snake, some see horns, some see a DNA strain, but for the moment, what I see is a great RMI mosaic on this strange edifice, likely due to differential erosion on altered rocks#chemcam @MarsCuriosity https://t.co/FyWpa85Epo
— Gwen Costuming & Cosplay… and Mars stuff 🔴 ⛏ (@GCC_Cosplay) July 28, 2021
Spotting weird shapes associated with everyday objects or various life forms doesn’t represent anything new among space enthusiasts.
Are there any life forms living on Mars? Most probably not, as far as astronomers know. But that doesn’t mean that humans cannot start building a colony there in the not-so-far future. In fact, astronomers are taking the idea very seriously.
NASA aims to return humans to the Moon by 2024 during the Artemis program. If the mission is successful, going to Mars will be the next purpose. It would be the first time in history when humanity lays foot on the Red Planet.
Mars is the only other planet from the Solar System except for Earth that has the potential of hosting any life forms.
The scorching temperatures from Venus and Mercury would never allow such a thing to happen. It’s way too cold on Uranus and Neptune for life to develop. As for Jupiter and Saturn, they’re not even solid objects.