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Anomaly hunters spot 'spoon' in Mars picture

By T.K. Randall
September 2, 2015 · Comment icon 44 comments

What could have caused this rock to end up suspended in the air ? Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
The latest in a long line of anomalous objects spotted in Mars photographs is a floating wooden spoon.
The Curiosity rover's travels on the Red Planet have yielded images of many peculiar things over the years with eagle-eyed anomaly hunters picking up everything from traffic lights and small mammals to humanoid figures and everything in between.

The real culprit, of course, is pareidolia - a psychological phenomenon that concerns our brain's natural ability to make out meaningful shapes in otherwise abstract patterns.
The latest example of this however, a peculiar rock formation that looks like a long spoon floating in the air, is actually very interesting in its own right. It isn't exactly clear whether the strange tube of rock is really floating as it appears or if the whole thing is some form of optical illusion.

As far as Mars anomalies go though, at least, this one really is quite convincing.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (44)

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Comment icon #35 Posted by Father Merrin 9 years ago
What scale are these photos
Comment icon #36 Posted by Anomalocaris 9 years ago
Here are more Forget the ‘floating spoon’ on Mars, now there's a whole cutlery set! Nasa's Curiosity images reveal more strange shaped rocks on the red planet The images sent back from Nasa’s Mars Curiosity rover often contain strange rock formation. Earlier this week, one group claims they have seen a ‘floating spoon’ on Mars captured by Curiosity’s Mastcam on sol 1089 of the mission. Now, a new wider version of the image reveals more 'spoons' and even something resembling a chopstick. Read more
Comment icon #37 Posted by kmt_sesh 9 years ago
A reminder to posters: Please post relevant comments to help the discussion, not detract from it. Thanks.
Comment icon #38 Posted by Saitung 9 years ago
Its just a rock-encrusted filament that acquired a spoon-like shape due to weathering. Now all but the end of it, (Which is still attached to the main formation) is gone. The angle only gives the illusion it is suspended.
Comment icon #39 Posted by lostpuppy211 9 years ago
Funny how they see a spoon in the picture and missed the arm with fingers on the bottom left of the picture. He must of tripped hit his head and died all while eating a bowl of froot loops.Anyone spot the bowl?
Comment icon #40 Posted by woodsbooger 9 years ago
Comment icon #41 Posted by Jackscolon 9 years ago
Monty Python goes to Mars....
Comment icon #42 Posted by DieChecker 9 years ago
Comment icon #43 Posted by Anomalocaris 9 years ago
Comment icon #44 Posted by atomk12 9 years ago
Honestly I've stopped paying attention to these Mars posts on the net. An alien leg, a spoon, a face, etc. I'm sure when other beings are ready make contact they will and we will all be aware of it because it will be on a global scale.

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