Curiosity Rover Snaps Photo Of Rodent?

Posted by Scott McMan | December 4, 2012 16

Yea, this is a shocker, but wow, is it ever difficult to call this pareidolia.

The Curiosity Rover has taken some stunning photos since landing on the red planet, none more stunning than this one.

There are those out and about that spend hours and hours scanning NASA photos looking for that one anomaly that says, hey, look at this! There is/was life on Mars.

I for one am struggling to make sense of this one and as much as I try, I can’t turn the subject into a random rock formation.

Before I get too far gone, lets take a look at the subject in question and see what I’m screaming about.

Quote from Youtuber UFO Huntingclouds:

Here is a photo of a guinea pig photographed on Mars by the Curiosity Rover SOL 52! When zoomed in you can clearly see the animals face sticking out. Here is a link to the guinea pig photo zoom into the middle left side of the photo its near the edge

He was also nice enough to provide a link to the NASA Rover photo for us.

We tend to make light of people like Matteo Ianneo, who for all intent and purpose are convinced when it comes to life on Mars. Are we jumping to judgment, or are Metteo and others privy to something we tend to ignore?

Here is a close up of said anomaly. Take a good hard look:

Now, lets take a look at some earth animals of the rodent persuasion that we are familiar with:


Guinea pig


It’s getting more difficult to deny these pictures every day, however, we would be remiss in our duties if we didn’t point out that there are literally hundreds of strange rocks, trees, etc…right here on our own planet that we’d swear were something else. Of course, on Earth we have the ability to physically go to these places and verify what in fact we are looking at.

While this is exciting and does look like a rodent of some sort, what are the odds of it actually being true? Consider the inhospitable nature of Mars and then try to come up with a scenario whereby such an animal could exist. Now we are stretching things, aren’t we?

At the end of the day, it’s your call as the reader to decide what you are going to believe.

Thanks again to UFO Huntingclouds and NASA Images for making this an exciting day to think.

Associated Content:

GT: New Mars Photos From Matteo Ianneo
GT: Anomalous Lights On Mars Seen By Curiosity Rover

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I grew up in rural NWPA, surrounded in forest. I took an early interest in cryprozoology and sharks and have read many books on various crypto subjects such as Bigfoot and Megalodon over the years. I am not a professional writer or a journalist, but I do the best I can. I have a quirky, obscurely dry and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor than can get me in trouble. Some love me and some hate me, but I am who I am.

16 Responses

  • Dung Shooken

    Awww, that chipmunk picture is really cute.

    It does resemble a rodent, but if we remind ourselves that this is a picture of the surface of Mars, we have to admit it’s pareidolia.

  • The Oshmar

    Considering the lack of air and food and the generous amounts of cold and CO2, I’m going with NOT a rodent. It does look like one I’ll give you that but I can’t see a creature that looks exactly the same evolving on two planets with completely different gravity, atmosphere and environment.

  • Maybe the rovers not really on Mars!!!! Ooo conspiracy theorists will be foaming at the mouth haha

  • Valkyrie13

    Even if it is Mars, we all know NASA adds red tint to the pictures to hide the fact that Mars has blue skies and green vegetation and is indeed habitable. (I hope people realize this is sarcasm, sort of.)

  • they do add red look at the alien face when they zoom out on the vid in the middle they airbrushed the middle of its face so you can only see the top half with eyes and bottom half at this point their only messing with you making the aliens face look like rocks

  • Not to mention no ionosphere or significant magnetosphere to deflect uv or solar radiation

  • Anthony Hopper

    it appears to be a rock…The surface is pitted right where a creature’s eye might be. If it were some type of animal, it is missing its legs (take a close look at the area where the legs should be)…

  • IThinkso

    Scott!, Scott!, Scott!…please stick with cloud shaping, its more fun.

  • Then why does this story generate more hits and comments ; )

  • ken

    arctic ground squirrel better fit for id

  • ken

    i tried to post a picture of one

  • Neon Frank

    Stupidity can’t be fixed (for those who think its anything but a rock)

  • BW

    Must be a rock hyrax, heh.


  • Elhombre

    Stories like this are what made me stop reading here every day….

  • jeff clark

    its a ground squirrel. Rover is in the california desert. Not on mars. Never was, never will be. NASA itself is a hoax

  • Perhaps the nature of Mars is that it’s not so inhospitable as we’ve been led to believe.

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