NASA’s Perseverance Rover has started finding strange objects on Mars
Oh, it didn’t take long. NASA’s Perseverance Rover has been on Mars for around a fortnight, and its panoramic camera is now collecting unexplained unusual artifacts in the Jezero crater. Although some might have rational theories, that hasn’t kept people from seeing pieces of flying saucers, skulls, and other mysterious artifacts created by pareidolia… or is it?
Earlier this week, NASA published a spectacular high-resolution panorama of Perseverance’s Mastcam-Z camera, accompanied by engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
The photo reveals an immense amount of depth. It helps you to experience an unprecedented view of the nearby Jezero Crater, an area of Mars once accused of being a dry river delta.
Harbor seal rock
Among the endless minerals, scientists have seen a very unusual outcrop. An exceptionally high black stone sticks out in the rugged landscape. According to Chief Investigator Jim Bell of Mastcam-Z, the team has already named it “Harbor Seal Rock” because of its close form to the marine mammal.
The rock was possibly created through eons of powerful winds waving the crater.
“Skulls,” bright objects, and other anomalies.
This first shot, as is the case with many images taken by different rovers and satellites, lacks any recognizable feature that can offer the picture perspective and size:
That frees the mind to see these artifacts as giant ant hills, as some netizens say. There seems to be a hill at the bottom, after all. However, most accept that they are only rocks, although it seems a little sacrilegious to refer to Martian rocks as “just rocks.”
The next picture requires less creativity but more pareidolia:
At a slight magnification, this curiously shaped entity makes certain people think of the “skull.” Human? Human? Who knows, even if the broad open mouth evokes the phrase of the famous painting by Edvard Munch. Or is it a miniature replica of the iconic “Face on Mars” from the Viking missions. Third but not least, the strongest and funniest picture in this first batch is the sparkling artifacts on the hill:
When it was determined that there were no fragments from the remainder of the mission, both the sky crane and the portion with the heat shield plummeted even more, the anomaly finders decided that they were probably metallic ships, either for extraterrestrials or long-standing human missions-highly secret-to the red planet.
As seen in the following video, zooming doesn’t help (anyone who operates from home and attends simulated meetings will inform you): The positive news is that the artifacts are yet to be defined, but they are therefore available for interpretation by phenomenon seekers (or pareidolias). Best still, further video will come as Perseverance moves over the surface and eventually rockets the aircraft.