Bear-ly believable! NASA has found an image resembling the Paddington on Mars


If you’re a space enthusiast, you must be swearing by NASA’s research and images for ground-breaking, outer-worldly stuff. However, in one of its recent findings, the organization has revealed a snap of rock formation that looks remarkably like a bear. Yes, that’s right! Captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the image bears an uncanny resemblance with the Paddington. The photo has been taken 155 miles above the red planet with the help of a HiRISE (High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera.

Image – NASA

Commenting on it, scientists from the University of Arizona in a statement explained, “A Bear on Mars? This feature looks a bit like a bear’s face. What is it really? There’s a hill with a V-shaped collapse structure (the nose), two craters (the eyes), and a circular fracture pattern (the head).” “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,” they further added.

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The Mars reconnaissance orbiter. Via – NASA

In the past as well, NASA has captured quirky imagery from outer space such as the “Star Trek” logo that it found on the Red Planet in 2019 or the weird spaghetti monster on Mars’ surface that it captured last summer. Is this simply pareidolia at play or is there more to the story? We’ll keep you guessing!

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