NASA’s intrepid Curiosity rover snapped a photo on Mars that has the internet buzzing with speculation.
The image appears to show a light floating just above the ground, as if it is some type of flying object.
The photo was taken on June 16, and of course, experts are saying that this is just some type of anomaly and not proof of extraterrestrial intelligence.
The official explanation is that this is just some type of light reflection that caused an irregularity in the photograph.
Researchers say that it would be impossible for this to be an aircraft, because the rover is constantly taking pictures, so a flying object would have appeared in multiple frames.
As seen below:
However, this blur of light is not featured in the photographs before or after the one that has caused so much speculation.
In 2014 when a similar controversy arose, Justin Maki, leader of the team that built and operates Curiosity's Navcams, explained that these type of light spots in photos are common from rovers. Maki believes that the most common reason for this is cosmic rays.
"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," Maki said, according to IFLscience.
Last month, we reported that Multiple Navy pilots have reported encountering Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) while training near the East Coast of the United States in 2014 and 2015. The Navy has admitted that these sightings have taken place, but have given few other details about the encounters. Some of the pilots who saw the aircraft believed that they were seeing some sort of top secret weapon.
The Department of Defense (DoD) recently admitted that they are actively researching UFOs.
The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program “did pursue research and investigation into unidentified aerial phenomena,” according to the DoD.
The DoD claims to have shut the program down in 2012, however, spokesman Christopher Sherwood recently admitted that the agency still investigates UFOs.
“The Department of Defense is always concerned about maintaining positive identification of all aircraft in our operating environment, as well as identifying any foreign capability that may be a threat to the homeland. The department will continue to investigate, through normal procedures, reports of unidentified aircraft encountered by US military aviators in order to ensure defense of the homeland and protection against strategic surprise by our nation’s adversaries,” Sherwood said.