An image taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a muppet-shaped figure of the earth the south pole.
(NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)
Extra terrestrials may not be openly roaming the Red Planet, but the muppets could be. A recent photo that was taken by a camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in the middle of a Mars dust storm included a view of Mars’ south pole — and a formation spotted on the film looks eerily familiar.
Many social media users were quick to note the shape of the geographical formation adapted to the face of the Cup, the science-loving assistant Dr. Bunsen Honeydew on “The Muppet Show.”
NASA couldn’t help but agree, sharing a close-up version of the image next to a picture of a frowning Mug. On the picture of the NASA circled the Cup-looking form in yellow.
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“Today is the HiPOD provides a nice dose of pareidolia! #CannotUnsee,” researchers at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory shared on his verified account, which tracks the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of the findings.
And today HiPOD provides a nice dose of pareidolia!#CannotUnsee pic.twitter.com/ZWtdfCCH3d
— HiRISE (NASA) (@HiRISE) August 13, 2018
A user suggested Beaker can not only be pointing to a different formation in the distance that seems to be Scrooge McDuck of “Ducktales.”
He is not only 😉 pic.twitter.com/ZIqIQLQvZT
— Mischa Visser (@MischaDakar) August 16, 2018
The photo was snapped by HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment), a camera that sits on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. HiRISE is the sharing of images of the incredible views of the Red Planet since the orbiter made its landing in 2006.
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Over the past ten years, the camera has revealed possible avalanches, dark currents, glacial-like formation, among other remarkable finds.
“Our camera with high resolution technology (imaging up to 30 centimeters per pixel) remains unknown for an existing orbiter in the study of the Red Planet, but also as an indispensable tool for helping to select the landing sites for the robot and the future of human exploration,” the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, explains on its website.
HiRISE recent pictures are particularly impressive given the fact Mars was recently hit with a huge dust storm on June 10. The storm lasted for two months, which NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover to log offline.
A team of scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. are eagerly listening for signs of life from the rover. So far, everything they have heard, is the silence.
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