With the picture of that rock on Mars making everyone lose their minds, some people are skeptical. We all want proof that aliens exist and they live or lived in our solar system. But finding a statue-like rock on Mars that shows the head of an Egyptian warrior woman could be just a mental trick.
Remember whenever you see some tiles on the floor with random patterns and you associate them with humans, animals or shapes we know? That’s called pareidolia and that’s what Joe White, the one that found the shape in NASA photos, actually saw. On his video on YouTube, he explains the image sent by Curiosity Rover:
“It resembles a carved depiction of a female warrior wearing a helmet similar to some found on Earth from the middle ages. It has a possible emblem on the forehead and some very interesting facial features that look almost Egyptian in artistic style.”
Bigfoot on Mars, A Spoon, A Cannonball…
Since several other photos of the rocks on Mars came from Curiosity, many people on the internet have been excited, thinking that there could actually be a trace of civilization on Mars. There have been sightings of rock formations that showed a Bigfoot, a cannonball, a spoon, and an “Assyrian god”.
But couldn’t be just in our minds? Isn’t it our brain searching for known data in weird shapes? This is a psychologic process called pareidolia.
White also said that it’s just “one of hundreds of similar artefacts that I have found on Mars in recent years”, but finding rocks that resemble faces couldn’t mean that Mars had a civilization in the past.
Take for example rocks on our planet which look like faces or other geographic features that look like objects we know. Italy looks like a boot, for example. That doesn’t mean anything!
Scientists Say There Was No Civilization on Mars
In 2017, Kenneth Farley – NASA’s Mars 2020 mission – was asked in front of a US Congress hearing if there was any civilization on Mars. Republican Dana Rohrabacher said:
“You have indicated that Mars was totally different thousands of years ago. Is it possible that there was a civilization on Mars thousands of years ago?”
Farley’s reply was that there is “no evidence that I’m aware of” and that it is “extremely unlikely” that Mars had a long-lost civilization.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.