The possibility of life on other planets has always interested humanity greatly, and directed its studies for years. These studies, though investigating many planets very far from Earth, focused chiefly on the easiest of them, the study of our neighbors.
This is how space studies began to focus on nearby planets, more specifically those in our solar system. Logically, what would be the easiest planet for humanity to investigate? Mars!
There are even space missions that intend, for the first time, to take humans to Mars. Even if it sounds more like science fiction than fact, it really is. But until then, study with Drones that it rovers On Mars they don’t stop.
And it was precisely one of these rovers, called Curiosity, that got a lot of attention this week online, because it found dragon fossils! The fact is so curious that astrobiologist Nathalie Cabrol posted the photo on Twitter with the following words (automatically translated by the site):
“In 20 years of studying Mars, this was the most unusual rock I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to get a micrograph of this image… It’s part of the Gigapan crater on Gale that you can see here: gigapan.com/gigapans/232135 “.
In 20 years of studying Mars, these were the most unusual rocks I have ever seen. I can’t wait to get a micrograph of this image…it’s part of the Gigapan crater of Gale which you can see here: https://t.co/LxljtDHyIl pic.twitter.com/wHhn1ckqjL
– Natalie A. Caprol (@shasta721) April 10, 2023
Is the image actually a fossil of a dragon?
Although the image caused a lot of stir, according to all the research that has been done on the Red Planet, it is impossible for something the size of a large lizard to be there.
However, life is not an isolated possibility for the planet, as scientists search for evidence of microorganisms on Mars.
But why is the rock like this then? In fact, chances are high that you will find dozens or even thousands of rocks with the same shape on Earth.
This is because it was formed by wind-affected erosion. In this way, the more fragile parts of the rock that had already been fired long ago were carried away by the wind. The “spines” that we see forming a kind of dorsal column are, in fact, just more resistant minerals that have not been separated from the parent rock.
The fact that we think the formation looks like lizards or dragons is just a trick of our brains. To better understand the image, he makes a “comparison” with his memories and knowledge, in order to somehow interpret this new form.
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