Rushda: A photograph taken on Mars by a Nasa spacecraft has sparked much excitement and many debates across the internet, as the photo appears to show a figure similar to that of a man striding across the surface of the red planet. This a new craze to hit net users, many of whom now believe that this is essential proof that there is conscious life on Mars. The photograph taken by spacecraft Spirit in 2004 can be seen here. As you can see, there is a tiny peculiar shape in the left of the image which looks almost human. Whilst most would say that this is just a coincidental angle on an ordinary rock, others believe that this is something more incredible. Initially when the photographs were viewed after the mission, many were disappointed that there was nothing unusual in them, and only now have they discovered something that may be not so mundane. What is particularly interesting and amusing is the number and variety of the theories posted online from excited space fans (who may, or may not, have been watching too much science-fiction). Bloggers have said everything from the figure being a conventional alien to the Virgin Mary, or even a mermaid. And the list doesn't stop there. Garden gnome and Bigfoot are also on the list amongst others. The most popular opinion is that the figure resembles the Little Mermaid statue in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Funnily enough, if we think about it properly, all the hype surrounds a centimetre of something blurry which is identical to all the rocks around it in everything but its shape (which, too, isn't very detailed). As Badastronomy.com said,
"A man? It's a tiny rock only a few inches high. It's only a few feet from the rover!"I guess it's up to everyone to make their own mind up now. Personally, I think we're all just desperate to hear some good old cosmic goss' but like others I'm unconvinced that such a small image is anything more than a funny-shaped rock.