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Is someone cleaning the NASA Mars rover Curiosity?

September 29, 2012Comments 2 comments

A reader alerted UFOEyes to the fact that on Sol 50 (Curiosity’s 50th day on Mars), a mysterious shadow appeared on one of the images sent back to Earth by the rover.

This image was taken by Navcam: Left A (NAV_LEFT_A) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 50 (2012-09-26 13:59:04 UTC). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

At first glance, it sure looks like Curiosity is being cleaned and/or repaired by a backpack wearing humanoid clad in protective goggles. You can even see a hint of hair being ruffled by the chilly Martian dust winds.

Think about it — what a glorious slip-up of epic proportions it would have been if we really were looking at the shadow of someone cleaning the rover on Mars. Or in the Arizona desert.

Unfortunately, reality is more mundane.

The explanation to the mysterious cleaner can be found on a photo from Sol 53.

This image was taken by Navcam: Right A (NAV_RIGHT_A) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 53 (2012-09-29 15:28:10 UTC). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Looking at this image, it becomes clear that the shadow is simply cast by Curiosity itself. Maybe even by its cannon?

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  1. Nice try to debunk, but clearly what you are showing is completely different what i am looking at in 1st picture.

    • Disagree, I think it’s beyond clear that the shadow is cast by a part of Curiosity itself.

      If we can believe that extraterrestrials are or have been visiting Earth, why can’t we then believe that humans are capable of sending a rover to Mars?

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