Curiosity Rover Photo Of ‘Floating Spoon On Mars’ Sparks Online Controversy, NASA Responds, ‘Classic Case Of Pareidolia’

JohnThomas Didymus - Author

Sep. 3 2015, Updated 7:07 a.m. ET

The latest bizarre discovery by online Mars anomaly hunters is a strange Martian rock formation that looks like a long-handled ladle or a spoon, floating just above the Martian surface.

The appearance of a “spoon” suspended over the Martian surface — as seen in the photo — is so striking that it has sparked an online controversy and forced NASA to respond, describing the anomaly as a “classic case of pareidolia.”

But anomaly hunters challenge NASA, wondering why a supposedly barren planet appears filled with anomalies that must be dismissed repeatedly by appeal to the psychological pareidolia phenomenon.

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