Alien hunters say they have spotted a mysterious “facehugger crab” creature on the planet of Mars.
According to Daily Mail, the crab-like creature can be seen in a photo that was taken by the Mars rover Curiosity. The image shows what looks like the mouth of a cave, but the strange crab-like thing can be seen very clearly.
The pictures have conspiracy theorists everywhere buzzing, as the creature strongly resembles the face-hugging killer alien from the 1979 Ridley Scott movie Alien.
Though the photo was taken by NASA in July, it was recently posted to the Facebook group Journey to the Surface of the Mars, who has the slogan “They will not tell the truth about Mars.”
However, Seth Shostak, director of the Centre for SETI Research, told the press that this is probably just a case of pareidolia. This is a form of apophenia, which is when people see connections or faces in random, unconnected data. Pareidolia specifically is the psychological response to seeing faces and significant items in random stimulus.
“Those that send [images] to me are generally quite excited, as they claim that these frequently resemble something you wouldn’t expect to find on the rusty, dusty surface of the red planet,” said Shostak. “It’s usually some sort of animal, but occasionally even weirder objects such as automobile parts. Maybe they think there are cars on Mars.”
“Recognising a crab in a landscape filled with wind-weathered rocks is no more surprising – nor more significant – than seeing a winking face in a semi-colon followed by a parenthesis. ;)”
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