The Spider from Mars
The list of earthly things found on Mars continues to pile up. The latest alien object found on Mars appears to be a spider, which is sure to make David Bowie fans quite happy.
The video purports an image captured by a “Mars rover” (no mention of which rover, Opportunity or Curiosity). Take a look for yourself:
While it is impossible to know for certain which prosaic explanation is at work here (a digital artifact, photoshop, the human brain making order out of chaos on its own) it is, with an extreme degree of certainty, not a spider – or any other living creature resembling something only found on earth. It would take a fundamental re-assessment of just about everything we know about Mars to make it possible for an earthly arachnid to exist there on its own.
Instead of having to re-define our understanding of Mars, it is much easier to claim that the reason a spider-looking-thing showed up in the photo is because … this is not a picture from Mars, but rather, from Earth. Yes, there is a corner of the internet carved out by people who believe that we have no robots on Mars, and that all Mars missions are part of a massive and elaborate hoax. They are in the same vein fueling the Moon landing hoax agenda. See for yourself:
And to the conspiracy theorists, it is videos like these which “supports” their position. How else could a “spider” get in the shot if the Curiosity (or Opportunity) rover were not here on Earth?