Mars has a desolate, rocky surface – which continues to throw up intriguing mysteries.
The latest of which is a strange-looking boulder that some conspiracy theorists believe could be the head of a warrior statue.
It was spotted by space video journalist Joe White amidst the pictures taken by the Curiosity rover – NASA’s autonomous exploration vehicle that’s currently on Mars.
Mr White uploaded the image to his YouTube channel ArtAlienTV – Mars Zoo , which is dedicated to spotting strange and unexplained things among the Martian rubble.
"I found what seems to be a small feminine looking statue head on Mars in Gale Crater in this recent Curiosity Rover image from NASA," White wrote in the video’s caption.
"Only a few inches in size or less. It resembles a carved depiction of a female warrior wearing a helmet similar to some found on Earth."
His video racked up over 125,000 views and many others agreed with his assessment of the rock.
"Definitely a statue of a head, side on. No mistake about it! whether it’s a female head, or a male head is hard to tell really," wrote YouTube user Lauren Piantino underneath the video.
According to White, the finding is one of many he has discovered since combing through images from the distant planet.
Of course, many critics have pointed out that this could simply be a case of pareidolia.
Pareidolia occurs when the eyes are tricked by the brain into seeing familiar shapes or patterns – like a face – on inanimate objects such as clouds or rocks.
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