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'Face of a teddy bear' shows up in photograph of Martian surface

By T.K. Randall
January 27, 2023 · Comment icon 8 comments

Bears in space! Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / University of Arizona
This image taken by an orbiting spacecraft shows a rather familiar visage comprised of natural geological features.
From doors and giant crabs to the faces of President Obama and Beaker from The Muppets - there have certainly been a lot of strange sightings on the surface of Mars over the years.

With its barren landscape strewn with randomly shaped boulders, rocky outcrops and other geological features, it's perhaps not surprising that Mars is a prime location to see examples of pareidolia - the human brain's natural tendency to see meaningful shapes in otherwise abstract patterns.

This latest example, which comes courtesy of researchers at the University of Arizona, was captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and shows what appears to be the face of a teddy bear.
Of course this particular arrangement of geological features is entirely coincidental, but it is still intriguing to see such clear shapes and forms on the surface of another world.

"There's a hill with a V-shaped collapse structure (the nose), two craters (the eyes), and a circular fracture pattern (the head)," a post on the university's website reads.

"The circular fracture pattern might be due to the settling of a deposit over a buried impact crater. Maybe the nose is a volcanic or mud vent and the deposit could be lava or mud flows?"

"Maybe just grin and bear it."

Source: Live Science | Comments (8)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by pellinore 2 months ago
It is obviously the work of intelligence as it is too symmetrical to be natural. It puts me in mind of the Nazca Lines- it was intended to be viewed from above so whoever made it had access to flying vehicles.
Comment icon #2 Posted by DreadLordAvatar 2 months ago
Well they should have drawn whiskers to make it more believable, therefore itís just natural.
Comment icon #3 Posted by DieChecker 2 months ago
Just needs some ears.
Comment icon #4 Posted by openozy 2 months ago
Imagine the size of the giant baby Martian that left it there.†.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Dejarma 2 months ago
why a teddy bear? it looks more like a real one to me
Comment icon #6 Posted by Montello 2 months ago
Hehe teddy bear from mars game nature
Comment icon #7 Posted by TripGun 2 months ago
Comment icon #8 Posted by Crabby Kitten 1 month ago
That doesn't look like a teddy bear.

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