The strange object was photographed by NASA’s Curiosity Rover, and was quickly shared among conspiracy theorists and alien hunters. The object in question looks as if it is a shard of metal, with a perfectly drilled hole in its centre. YouTuber WhatsUpInTheSky37 first posted the pics, and claimed it is obviously manufactured.
The narrator said in the video: “This odd piece looks to be a manufactured item all twisted up and destroyed as most of the stuff we have seen on Mars is.
“I can tell its not from the rover since there are not tracks around it.”
The images were quickly picked up by other conspiracy theorists, with prominent alien hunter Scott C Waring claiming it is “indisputable proof” aliens have been present on the Martian surface at some point.
Mr Waring wrote on his blog UFO Sightings Daily: “This object has the perfect appearance of sheet metal with a perfect circle in it. The circle has not been cut, but rather designed into it as we see the smooth edges.
“NASA has a photo editing team at the Johnson Space Center that edits out any anomalies that could have been created by aliens, however they miss this one.
“I can’t say they missed it by accident, since its so obvious, but probably did this on purpose to sneak the truth out. Awesome discovery that is indisputable proof that intelligent aliens existed on Mars.”
Others agreed with the sentiment that it was manufactured.
Lee Roberts posted on the original video: “Whatever it is it’s not a natural formation. It’s manufactured. A great capture”.
Another YouTuber commented: “Looks like a bored hole in heavy metal or a hole in cast metal. It’s for sure a part of something much larger.”
However, sceptics and NASA would say the object and other similar findings are just the effects of pareidolia – a psychological phenomenon when the brain tricks the eyes into seeing familiar objects or shapes in patterns or textures such as a rock surface.
This would mean that the Martian ‘metal’ is likely just a misshapen rocks.