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holy crap... actually from this distance whatever it is seemingly remnds me of a tuskan raider from star wars... and funnily enough on the right side of the photo level with the 'alien' is a rock which roughly resembles a miniture sandcrawler it looks a tad to intrcate to be a rock formaton, and its totally different from the background
As for life on Mars, I'm completely uneducated when it comes to science, so I can only make my own theorized ideas. I don't believe, like Anna and a few others said before me, that Mars can necessarily support fully-functional forms of life save for micro-organisms and bacteria. Then again, that's judged based on the fact that life would require the same needs as that here on Earth -- who says that standards don't change in different parts of the universe?
Do I think that there is more life in the universe? Oh, hell yes. Think about the odds:
The sun is a star, and if one star can command nine planets around it, and one of those planets is just far enough away to support life...
... if you hold a quarter up to the sky, and consider that there are at least 10,000 unseen stars in that space that have yet for their light to come to earth...
... it makes complete nonsense to me to think that we're the ony living, breathing, sentient race in existence.
I would like to think that as we discuss this now, there are other humans out there -- whose sun has allowed them to thrive on a planet for aeons -- who are probably thinking the same thing.
That's just my fantastical thinking! Cool find of an article, Mickal!
I was watching Daily Planet on the Discover Channel and they got a legit answer for what the picture is from NASA. NASA said it is a rock formation caused by the intense wind eroding the rock into sand, there is no life there (but there is evidence of water being there, ie: river lines in the images, ice below the surface of the sand, and ice caps).
On another note, they were also talking about this as well, saying that a lot of people (including me) see a face made out of the rock (also caused by the wind eroding the rock)