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Beaker the Muppet has been spotted on Mars

Posted on Friday, 17 August, 2018 | Comment icon 11 comments

Mee-mee-mee mee! Image Credit: NASA
NASA has posted up an amusing example of pareidolia found in a photograph taken using its HiRISE camera.
We've seen a lot of strange and unusual items on the surface of Mars over the years including everything from a set of traffic lights to a perfect reproduction of President Obama's head.

The explanation behind these peculiar sightings is a phenomenon known as pareidolia - the tendency for the human brain to see meaningful shapes in otherwise abstract patterns.

This latest example, which was posted on Twitter by NASA itself, shows an unusual surface feature that, as it turns out, happens to bear more than a passing resemblance to Beaker - the hapless assistant of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew from Jim Henson's The Muppet Show.

The picture was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) instrument aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (11)

Tags: Mars, Pareidolia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by cookemeister on 17 August, 2018, 10:47
Seriously no one else sees the 3 circular fort formations ?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Dark_Grey on 17 August, 2018, 13:55
It looks like someone tried to make a Beaker shaped pancake but didn't know what they were doing.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Orphalesion on 17 August, 2018, 15:38
Beaker? Please! We all know that the Phone Aliens from Sesame Street are the real Martians.
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin on 17 August, 2018, 21:04
It is time to realize, people, that all Muppets came from Mars.
Comment icon #6 Posted by freetoroam on 17 August, 2018, 21:09
I do not know who Beaker was.....until now, thanks to NASA and Mars.
Comment icon #7 Posted by highdesert50 on 18 August, 2018, 10:19
Thankfully, we have moved on from Martian pyramids and the associated conspiracy theories. All we have remaining is to find some artifacts left behind by John Carter.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Gecks on 18 August, 2018, 11:25
Nothing will ever top beaker and the fireproof paper! :)
Comment icon #9 Posted by Gecks on 18 August, 2018, 11:27
The yip yips were fantastic!
Comment icon #10 Posted by Trenix on 18 August, 2018, 12:15
I don't trust NASA at all, which is why I'm extremely disappointed that Trump funded them. The fact that they kid around like this just makes them appear even more sketchy. Imagine if another professional organization behaved in this manner.
Comment icon #11 Posted by TripGun on 30 August, 2018, 12:40
The old Beaker misdirection trick, again.

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