Researchers have discovered a strange rock formation on Mars that bears an eerie similarity to Buddha.
Could Martians have actually constructed homage to Buddha on the Red Planet? It’s highly unlikely, but researchers were stunned when Internet investigators pointed out a formation pictured in a NASA image, that looks suspiciously like it was crafted by intelligent creators.
According to a report from UPI, the photo was actually taken a year or so ago, but has recently been brought to attention by curious fans of NASA’s work on Mars. Scott C. Waring, a UFOlogist and writer for the website ufosightingsdaily.com, recognizes the rock formation from the last time people raised questions about it on the Internet.
“It shows a face and head turned to its right, with breasts and a plump stomach, shoulders,” Waring wrote on his blog in a post last week. “The photo alone should be enough to convince the United Nations that intelligent life once existed on Mars, but NASZA doesn’t want anyone to know the truth.”
Waring’s ‘Stunning Martian God’ was first photographed by Curiosity, one of NASA’s rovers collecting data about mars, in 2014. Even though Waring claimed that the photo had just been snapped in October of 2015, he reportedly made a similar claim in 2014 when the photo first surfaced.
It seems like Waring is having some trouble keeping his story straight, but that doesn’t mean he is the only one who has called out “alien’ after seeing bizarre things in photos taken on Mars.
There are many alleged instances of extraterrestrial activity popping up in Mars photos taken by NASA and other space agencies. Just as recently as August 2015, amateur mars explorers thought they found evidence of a strange crab-like creature with a central torso and multiple legs protruding from the middle. The image was taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover in July, but NASA made no official statement confirming that it was in fact evidence of an ancient Martian crustacean.
There were many other fascinating instances of people mistaking geological formations for people. In the same photo that contained the crab image, a Reddit user pointed out another bizarre square-shaped object in the foreground of the picture. Many people believe some of the strange shapes popping up in Curiosity’s photos are too elaborate to be coincidences.
NASA has remained silent on its opinions on the presence of life on Mars, but they have released several science-rooted images and statements that suggest the possibility remains open. Curiosity has found evidence of silica on Mars, which is known here on Earth to be extremely good at preserving organic materials for millions of years.
Other Mars investigators believe they have seen photos of rats, UFOs, faces, and even little people running around in the data sent back to Earth by NASA’s Curiosity rover. Researchers cite pareidolia as the main cause for the seemingly endless string of alarming reports. Pareidolia refers to the perception of patterns that aren’t actually present. A recent popular example is the Virgin Mary’s face appearing mysteriously in a grilled cheese sandwich. While there may still be evidence of life on Mars, researchers like Seth Shostak of SETI believe that people are tricking themselves into seeing things that aren’t actually there.