NASA’s Curiosity Rover may be in full swing right now, but it’s definitely not the first space vehicle to transmit pictures of the Red Planet. We’ve rounded up five bizarre things that have been spotted on Mars during past missions, including the mysterious “Crowned Face” above. Continue reading to see more. 5 Bizarre Things Spotted on Mars

5. Rock Structure

Rock Structure

This particular scene is imaged from the Spirit rover Panoramic camera on Sol 726 and the rover location is elevated just enough in the terrain to see some background behind the object and a little more of the terrain it appears to sit in. I include this scene here to provide general site context wider area terrain information and to demonstrate how alone and what a sharp stand out this object is in this terrain.

4. Face on Mars (Cydonia)

Face on Mars (Cydonia)

The Viking images presented us with a mesa and a reason to suspect artificiality – its seemingly improbable humanoid-face-like appearance. However, as is well known, face-like images sometimes appear in clouds, profiles of mountains, and various other random or visually noisy scenes. This is simply because remarkably regular patterns frequently arise by chance, even when the a priori odds are billions to one against that happening.

3. Monolith


The object in question was first spotted several years ago after being photographed by the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a NASA space probe; every so often, it garners renewed interest on the Internet. But is it unnatural – a beacon erected by aliens for mysterious reasons, and even more mysteriously paralleled in the imaginations of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, creators of “2001”? Or is this rock the work of nature?

2. Humanoid Figure

Humanoid Figure

NASA posted a photograph (PIA10216, Google it-same photo as the woman figure was found!) taken by the Mars Spirit Rover on their web site that bloggers around the world began scanning over carefully in order to catch anything that NASA may have accidentally let slip through. To everyone’s amazement some anonymous person in Asia did and posted it on the Internet causing widespread excitement over the possibilities of life existing on Mars.

1. Crowned Face

Crowned Face


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Russell Smith · December 3, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Carl Thomas….it’s real

Melina Ferrand · December 3, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Une paréidolie (du grec ancien para-, « à côté de », et eidôlon, diminutif d’eidos, « apparence, forme ») est une sorte d’illusion d’optique qui consiste à associer un stimulus visuel informe et ambigu à un élément clair et identifiable, souvent une forme humaine ou animale.

Niko Lalangas · December 3, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Sort of.

NASA’s intent has been to keep it from us. That’s not their mission. If their mission was to keep it from us they simply wouldn’t leave the atmosphere. It’s not like the average Joe Cool has a shuttle in his garage.

Their mission has been to do what the military asks them to do. We, the public, do not have clearance, so we aren’t given the information.

While I agree that if you don’t have clearance you shouldn’t think you’re entitled to see the files — I would also like everyone to know that they do classify some incredibly silly things. 😉

Derek Tyler · December 3, 2015 at 5:07 pm

We have never been told the truth about Mars. NASA’s mission has never been to explore space and tell us what is out there. It has always been to prevent us from knowing what’s really out there. It’s about public relations and officially-sanctioned deception. Remember: NASA came into being over a decade after the Roswell event and has no reason to “search for alien life”.

Niko Lalangas · December 3, 2015 at 4:33 pm

They are investigating. They made sure to photoshop the face out of NASA’s photos so they could claim it was just a trick of the light. Weak.

    Russell Smith · December 3, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Very weak. ..1 in a million chance of a play on light

    Niko Lalangas · December 3, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    And way more detailed than the man in the moon.

    They already admit guilt by saying it was a trick of the light. See, by saying so – they admit it happened. If it really wasn’t real they could’ve just said, “Some Dorito-munching Photoshopper did it up and put it on the internet.”

    They didn’t, though. They claim it was a real photo that just had “light tricks.”

    Russell Smith · December 3, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Niko Lalangas…I totally agree. ..for them, the best thing they could have done was not mention it. .they wrote their ticket by making it public

    Niko Lalangas · December 3, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Law 101 – you’d never get away with that in court or an interrogation. It’s foolish for them to think that all non-NASA employees are morons.

    Of course, NASA isn’t in charge of NASA, it’s just an agency.

    Russell Smith · December 3, 2015 at 4:50 pm


Russell Smith · December 3, 2015 at 4:33 pm

What ever happened to the face on Mars. .rumor has it we crashed a satellite into it…should send a rover to investigate the area

Niko Lalangas · December 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm

All in time, unfortunately. They are in no rush.

Lee Martin · December 3, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Soon we’ll be following the story of Prometheus, the more I hear about these recent Mars discoveries- the more it’s sounding more like the same script from Prometheus.

Niko Lalangas · December 3, 2015 at 11:53 am

These are very interesting, and fun to view.

I’d also like to add that if anyone believes that we spent $2.5 billion on a rover that only goes 0.09 mph and takes worse pictures than my iPhone… you’re easily fooled. This little gizmo is a tiny tidbit of what we’ve sent to Mars. 😉

William T. Beck · December 3, 2015 at 7:17 am

We Are Discriminated Against And Called A Abomination Because We Us 96% Of Our Brain By Test And Jesus Used Only 50% Of His Brain , So We Do Thing Jesus Could Only Dream Of So This Gives You All The Right To Call Us Demon’s, Supper Freaks Because We Had A Eye Cut Out Of Our Back To Prove We Are Conjoined Twin’s And The Eye Grow Back In 10 Years By MRI’s Shows And Then Wisdom Teeth Grow Out And New Ones Replace Them And More So This Makes Us Supper Freaks People , How Died And Made You God And Judge To Judge Us And We Are Odd And Different But Not Those Names People Grow Up And Get Over It , And Call Us The Tomorrow People And See It And Understand What Some Of We Do !!!

Claudia Garoutte · December 3, 2015 at 3:36 am

Claudia Garoutte · December 3, 2015 at 3:20 am


Claudia Garoutte · December 2, 2015 at 4:08 am


Vipula Amarasekara · December 1, 2015 at 5:34 pm

….Is this young Jesus, during the lost years?…….wakey…wakey…

William T. Beck · December 1, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Nice 3D At A Angle With A Smaller Man Face Be Side Her Face But His Is More Eroded A Way But Will There Never The Less Just Tilt Your Screen And See It Better Then You Do Not Have To Have 5th D Dimensional Seeing Like Us A Adaptation And Gleaned From Some Other Being’s Abilities And Add To Our Abnormal Abilities Because We Can !!!

Dudley Sigler-Black · December 1, 2015 at 4:07 pm


    Garry Sprake · December 1, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks, I had always wondered what the technical name of it was,

Ken Junior · October 4, 2015 at 2:14 pm


Leslie Tullis · October 3, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Mars was colonized in the Eisenhower days. People volunteered to go as an experiment to aid humanity, then were told Earth was uninhabitable due to some event.

Bill Scott · October 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm

How do we even know these are real photos from Mars?

Ron Calvert · October 3, 2015 at 1:25 pm

There was life there.

Claudia Garoutte · October 3, 2015 at 3:30 am


Steve Schachman · October 2, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Mars has a lot going on, its a headquarters

Jigar Mehta · October 2, 2015 at 10:47 am


Nico Tromp · October 1, 2015 at 7:39 pm

very mysterious☺

Hwa Li · October 1, 2015 at 4:44 pm


Lucy Lucy-laisa Bruni · October 1, 2015 at 4:36 pm


Kenneth Forrester · October 1, 2015 at 2:36 pm

David Dyland

Kyle Robinson · October 1, 2015 at 2:26 pm

This is eye matrixing

Marius Botha · October 1, 2015 at 1:43 pm


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