A mysterious bright glow on mars was captured by NASA’s Curiosity Rover.
It is a black and white photograph that shows the desert landscape with hills made from rocks. In front of those rocks, there is a tiny white blob.
According to The Independent, Nasa has previously admitted to similar anomalies in pictures taken by the probe. This image was taken on 16 June, and while conspiracy theorists have said the photograph is evidence of extraterrestrials on the Red Planet, it appears more likely to have been a cosmic ray, some kind of camera lens flare or sunlight reflecting on rocks. The Curiosity rover landed on the surface of Mars back seven years ago, and it is armed with seventeen cameras. Since then it has roamed all over the planet, beaming back huge amounts of data along with vast quantities of photographs. Many other pictures it has captured have featured similar lights like this one.
This photo probably can not be taken again, as the mysterious white blob appeared and disappeared in a very fast time, so a new photo probably won’t show the same thing.
Justin Maki, who is the leader of the team that built and operates Curiosity’s navcams disqualified all the theories about the blob being connected with extraterrestrial life on Mars, as he said:
“In the thousands of images we’ve received from Curiosity, we see ones with bright spots nearly every week. These can be caused by cosmic ray hits or sunlight glinting from rock surfaces as the most likely explanations.’’