For the past twenty years, the United States’ space fairing organization NASA has maintained a continuous presence on the surface and in orbit above Mars. Rovers and satellite telescopes traverse the barren expanse of the Red Planet in search of answers about the formation of our solar system, the environment of other planets, and perhaps the most important question of all, whether or not life exists elsewhere in the universe.
That search has prompted many amateur explorers to pour over images sent back from NASA assets on Mars, looking for anything the government’s scientists may have missed (or intentionally omitted) that could potentially answer some of these questions. Some of the more zealous of these efforts have produced claims of giant faces purportedly carved by a now extinct civilization, alien beings that resemble President Donald Trump, and geological formations said to contain Morse code.
Of course, most of these claims can be easily dismissed as tricks of light or coincidental rock outcroppings – but one image released by NASA this month does show something moving far below on the surface of the planet.
The image, taken by the most powerful telescope ever sent to Mars, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows a tiny bluish dot amid the sea of red that makes up Mars’ surface. That blue dot, climbing along the edge of Mount Sharp, is NASA’s own Curiosity Rover.