What Is This Strange Object Photographed On The Surface Of Mars?

Dustin Wicksell

A new image from the surface of Mars has made the rounds on social media over the weekend, sparking hopes in some quarters that an alien life form may finally have been photographed amid the rock-strewn wastes of the red planet.

The object in question was photographed by NASA's Curiosity rover, according to the Huffington Post, situated in front of what appears to be a cave on the surface of Mars. At first glance, the object appears to resemble nothing quite so much as a crab-like monster straight out of science fiction. As so often happens with images beamed back from Mars, the photo was seized upon by UFO watchers, who asserted that an extraterrestrial life form had finally been captured for all the world to see.

— RT (@RT_com) August 3, 2015

"Those that send them to me are generally quite excited, as they claim that these frequently resemble SOMETHING you wouldn't expect to find on the rusty, dusty surface of the Red Planet. It's usually some sort of animal, but occasionally even weirder objects such as automobile parts. Maybe they think there are cars on Mars."

— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) August 3, 2015

— UFO TV Channel (@UFOtvChannel) July 26, 2015

[Image via NASA]