SPACE fans have been stumped by something on Mars shaped like a bowling pin.
The strange object was captured by Nasa’s Curiosity Rover earlier this month but observers are still scratching their heads to figure out exactly what it is.
Some have joked that it could be a Martian bowling pin or even an alien shoe horn.
Another said it looked like a discarded Tesla side mirror.
Nasa has yet to confirm what it actually is, but other pros say the answer could be less interesting.
“It looks like a wind eroding rocks,” said one.
“It’s possible that part of a larger rock broke off, because it couldn’t hold its structure anymore.”
The technical term for wind-eroded rocks like these is ventifact.
They are quite common and we see them all the time on Earth.
At least it’s not space junk, which space fans have scolded Nasa for.
Another recently discovered foreign object that looks like a cylinder.
Some have suggested that it could be an artifact of an ancient civilization on the Red Planet or a fragment of a crashed UFO.
But it turned out to be a passage known as the ‘starter abrasive bit’ left behind by Nasa.
It appears to have been dumped on the ground in July.
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