Somebody Has Found Another “Giant Spoon” On Mars

It might not be the sign of intelligent life weve been hoping for,but some sharp-eyed space enthusiasts have spotted a large spoon on the dusty surface of Mars.

The Martian cutlery was first pointed out by the YouTube channel SecureTeam in an image taken by NASA’s Mars Curiosity roverin March 2016.

Ok, so it’s not an artifact from an extraterrestrial’s kitchen, nor does it show the secret history of Mars, as the video says.Alas, its just a rock. But an interesting rock nonetheless.

This isnt the first spoon-shaped rock found on Mars. In September 2015, some others spotted a floating spoon-rock on the Red Planet.At the time, NASAs Mars Curiositytweeted:There is no spoon. This weird Mars feature is likely a ventifacta rock shaped by wind.

Theelongated shape of the rock wascarved by winds and dust storms thatcruise the planet and sculpt much of the Martian geology. The different atmospheric conditions found on Mars (such as lower gravity than Earth) can create some eccentric-looking rock and dune formationsthat we dont find back home on Earth.

As for its uncanny resemblance to a kitchen utensil, thats just a trick of the mind known as pareidolia. This is the phenomena whereby humans find a recognizable pattern or meaningin somethingwhere none existsa bit like finding discernible shapes in random cloud formationsin the sky.

The offbeat conditions found on Mars and a healthy dose of pareidolia seems to be why people have spotted everything from ratstopyramidstoBuddha on the surface of our closest planetary neighbor.

The truth is out there…

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