SPACE observers have discovered a strange “drilled” hole on the surface of Mars and are trying to figure out what it is.
Some have speculated that aliens might be behind it, saying there is “no way nature did it”.
Conspiracy theorists hoping for extraterrestrial evidence will be a little disappointed to find that we humans created the hole.
And it’s not the only one either – more than 30 holes on the red planet are believed to have been drilled on purpose.
All of this was made possible by NASA with its Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in August 2012.
The wheeled device first managed to burrow into the planet’s rocky surface with the help of a robotic arm in 2013.
It was a milestone for space exploration as the first time a robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars.
The holes are quite small, only about 1.6 cm wide and 6.4 cm deep.
Experts launched the mission to obtain rock powder samples in search of wet environments long gone.
While it could be crucial to improving our understanding of Mars, not everyone is happy about the holes.
“Billions of years undisturbed, it’s almost sad,” said one space detective.
“An extraterrestrial civilization will find this in a few million years, long after Earth has been vaporized by nuclear war, and wonder for years how it got there,” commented another.
But others saw the funny side and said, “Mars populated entirely by robots messing around in the ground gives me joy.”
Eventually, scientists want to dig even deeper into Mars to finally find out if life ever existed on the planet.
But Curiosity isn’t equipped to go down that far.
New rover will continue drilling
Instead, a new rover named after English DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin will do the job, drilling two meters underground for biomarkers.
The rover is ready for launch but faces an uncertain future due to Russia’s involvement in the launch and the country’s decision to invade Ukraine.
After several delays, the European Space Agency (ESA) said it was “very unlikely” Rosalind Franklin will be able to start in September as planned.
This despite scientists working on the project previously telling The Sun that they are working on the Start date is “vital”.
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