Spiders on Mars? Strange Photographs of Martian Surface Inspire Intrigue

Speculation is running rampant about a series of photographs taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter back in 2010 that is just now going public.  In the photos, as you can see below, small black objects that many think bear an uncanny resemblance to earthly spiders are seen “sunbathing.”  As you might imagine, the photos are sparking plenty of wild theories, some even going as far as to say that it could be microorganisms hanging out.  That theory of course is completely unconfirmed and according to scientists extremely unlikely.

The spots aren’t an altogether new discovery.  They were first noticed as far back as 1998.  They show up on the surface when Mars starts to warm up.  This supports the idea that it could be living organisms coming out from hibernation in a harsh winter on the Red Planet, but the fact that they appear in the same place over and over again seems to balance that theory back out by taking away a nice point of evidence for it being life.  When winter comes back around, they promptly disappear again.

Scientists from all over the world have pondered the black objects, and the most accepted theory is that the objects are actually geysers.  They explode as the planet’s surface heats back up and then freeze in the winter.

So, what do you make of the picture below?  Do you buy into the geyser theory or does it look more like what could be the most electrifying discovery of the young century?  Expect the debate to continue because the black objects are nowhere near where the various Martian rovers visiting the planet have set up shop.  And the rovers can’t exactly hop over for a look as it takes a considerable amount of time for them to negotiate the rough Martian surface.  The rovers generally try to land where they want to be and travel small distances to areas of interest, but they are not doing any Martian globe-trotting, for sure.

Spiders catching some rays? Or geysers exploding CO2? You be the judge.

6 thoughts on “Spiders on Mars? Strange Photographs of Martian Surface Inspire Intrigue”

  1. Someone should ask NASA the scale we are looking at, because there is a big difference in the size of a geyser and micro organisms. It’s beautiful whatever it is. If you look at the bottom right side of the picture, it looks like the ?sandworm? is partly standing up but the picture cuts off at that point. If it is life, I glad they shared it with us. Bad news for religious folks, time to reset their paradigm. John

    1. why would religion need to reset. all religion points to other worlds and people from space. bible full of space visitations. it is a tme when science and religion come together

  2. Lol i know there’s other life out there were not the only people its amazing if you see life like me enjoy everything explore everything. But im pretty sure we could all live on the planet Mars but we’d all live in domes ha ha i wonder about everything there is in space…… i wanna fly into space jump from planet to planet like a boss….

  3. No, they are not “geysers” but some kind of plant life that appears in warmer weather.
    These shapes are called dunes, but looking closely at the “dune” on left shows its inner ribs.
    These appear all over the planet and even on the Moon. Someone seems to be doing some sort of placer mining on Mars (gold mining which uses high spray water hoses). Gold in this
    case is probably necessary for electronics, as it is the number one conductor of electrical and radio waves. There are photos of earth astronauts near some spraying water pipes on
    Mars. They wear oxygen tanks on their backs and white helmets like the Russians. The
    photos were taken back in 1998-99. Checkj out http://www.ancientmoons.com/. Look under mining on Mars.

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