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Mars Rover Captures 'Dark Lady'

Mars Rover Captures 'Dark Lady'

A mysterious new image transmitted by NASA’s Mars rover, Curiosity, has ET watchers in a tizzy! A recent screen capture shows what appears to be "a woman, partly cloaked" standing on the surface of Mars. Dubbed the "Dark Lady" this purported Martian seems a far cry from the tales of savage, four-armed green warriors that Edgar Rice Burroughs first described in his novels.

Days earlier, Curiosity transmitted an image to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California leading alien enthusiasts to zoom in on an object resembling a crab or the horrific face-hugger from the Alien film series.

Most believe the "Dark Lady" and "space crab" phenomena are a form of Pareidolia Syndrome. It's a condition where the brain connects imagery from illusive forms and perceives them as easily identifiable objects.

Seth Shostrak, chief astronomer at the Center for SETI Research, said that people often perceive objects and beings that "frequently resemble something you wouldn't expect to find on the rusty, dusty surface of the Red Planet. It's usually some sort of animal (and) occasionally even weirder objects such as automotive parts." The Pareidolia Syndrome actually dates back to the ancients who perceived shifting shapes in clouds, believing them to be gods.

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