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A Chinese website has reportedly posted the first sighting of Martian life in the form of a mysterious figure caught on camera by the Spirit rover: A closer look at the mystery Martian figure According to the Mail on Sunday, the sighting came after alien hunters spent "years" scouring NASA images for evidence of little green …


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  1. Paul Naylor

    Trick of the light

    It's obviously a shadow or some weird rock formation. The funniest reaction has to be the Daily Mail's precis of the photo. The headlines next week will be something along the lines of "House prices soar as priority housing given to Martians".

    And the Express will be "Madeleine McCann in Martian kidnapper / Princess Diana link"...

    If I'm wrong then, of course, I welcome our Martian Overlords...

  2. Ben Cross

    Little Green Men!!!

    Hey! i know martians are meant to be "green"...but where is the green colouring on that thing?

    looks more brown to me! - like its been a martian who hasn't washed for many a year.

  3. Smallbrainfield

    I looks a bit like the Copenhagen mermaid statue

  4. Anonymous Coward


    The Virgin Mary!

    How long before NASA auctions it off to a casino via eBay?

  5. Anonymous Coward


    a tusken raider!

  6. Joey

    That's not a figure...

    There is NO life on Mars and that is not a figure. It's just a statue of a woman beckoning!

  7. Paul F


    And it must be related to Bigfoot and Nessie, since it's out of focus (always a guarantor of authenticity).

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  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    is it just me or....

    any one else think that this is just a effect of the rocks on the ridge and on the ground behind?

  10. Pete mcQuail

    Pizza home delivery

    does work out there after all then.

  11. michael

    did I not see him

    on starwars?

  12. dek

    And another!

    Isn't that a peeping tom type figure in the upper left?

  13. Chris Miller

    Repeat after me:

    Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

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    It's a Jawa...

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Mars *is* Tatooine

    Clearly, this photo shows a Tusken raider lurking about the surface of Mars.

  16. Carl

    Mars or Tattooine?

    Looks like a Tusken Raider to me.

  17. Matt

    where are the Hendersons?

    looks like bigfoot is loose on mars....

  18. Andrew
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    One word.


  19. Harvey Trowell

    The Little Marsmaid

    Looks a bit like that statue in Copenhagen, I wonder if it's a copy.

    Actually, looks a bit more like a rock shaped a bit like the above, but then "Spirit discovers rock on Mars" isn't much of a headline, is it?

    I'll get my coat, the title was a shocker and I'll be lucky not to be court-martianed. I'll get my other coat too.

  20. Johnny FireBlade
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    They're having a laugh...

    Such speculation is worthy of Ian Hislop himself! That's funny! ROFL!

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    It is just you.

  22. Dennis
    Black Helicopters

    Looking in the wrong place

    Damn. We've all been looking in the wrong place. It's not Area 51. The Martians have visited Copenhagen and tried to copy the Little Mermaid statue.

  23. Peter Darby

    Jawa or Tusken raider?

    YOU be the judge!

  24. Senor Beavis
    Paris Hilton


    Paris Hilton

  25. Chris Jones-Gill

    It's not SandPeople, but we are meant to think they are

    No Gaffi sticks or bantha tracks, only imperial stormtroopers are so precise ;-)

    Or on a more musical note...

    The chances of anything coming from Mars,

    Are a million to one they said,

    The chances of anything coming from Mars,

    Are a million to one, but still they come.

  26. jai

    tusken raider

    it's definately a Sandperson - Jawa's wear much darker clothing.

    Spirit needs to be careful though "Sandpeople always ride single file to hide their strength and numbers."

    i'm off to the Tarshi station to pick up some power converters.....

  27. Andrew

    @ Chris Jones-Gill

    Dee-dee-doo.... doo-doo-doo doo-doo-doo...

    Dee-dee-doo.... doo-doo-doo doo-doo-doo...

  28. Anonymous Coward


    He has been posting on the Reg for ages

  29. b166er

    Well done the author

    for providing all necessary links and materials.

    I reckon it's the petrified remains of the knight of the First Crusade from Indiana Jones; The Last Crusade.


  30. Anonymous Coward


    ...ain't seen me, right?

  31. Geoff Webber

    what next

    Black helicopters !

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    That'll be a siren then

    Obviously just flown in from Titan, which is why we didn't spot it before.

  33. Skaplanet

    Pose ?

    Looks like Marvin The Martian is the

    Happyner in the most unusual "Brenting" location win

  34. MG

    Phew, they're only 3 inches tall.

    Nice to know we could fend off an invasion with a couple of hungry cats.

  35. Andy Taylor

    Was it a prank by the same person....

    ...who placed this small pink dinosaur?

  36. Les Matthew
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    Re: amanfromMars

    But not recently from what I've seen.

    Now we know why. ;)

  37. Torben Mogensen

    If you look long enough...

    ... at eroded rocks, you will eventually find one that looks interesting (for suitable definitions of "interesting").

    Given these sad "alien hunters" have apparently spent man years on this stuff, it is a wonder they haven't found anything sooner.

    But, really, it is probably just the flash-frozen remains of a member of a top-secret failed manned mission to Mars. :-)

  38. Anonymous Coward

    it's patterson's bigfoot!!

    that thing pops up pretty much anywhere.

  39. Dan

    You're all wrong

    I think you'll find it is amanfrommars - note the lack of complete gibberish in this thread? That's because he has nipped home for a holiday.

  40. Anonymous Coward


    It's not a Jawa, or a Tusken raider, it's a stranded Ewok!

  41. Paul

    Poor security

    They are producing these images on the same set that the so called Moon landing was created on. There must be plenty of places on this planet with this type of terrain. Use of a colour filter rather than the Black and White images from the 'Moon' now make it look like Mars.

    Somebody obviously got through the security perimeter and ended up in shot.

    Mine is the foil hat, thanks. Taxi!

  42. Craig

    of course

    if you look closely enough you can clearly see the rock woman snaking on a crisps bearing an image of Christ.

  43. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Aha! Bin Laden

    I knew the bearded cnut must be somewhere..

    So do I get a reward for pointing out where to send the missiles?

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  45. Anonymous Coward

    It's Lord Voldermoort!!!

    You can clearly see Nagini beneath him.

  46. Anonymous Coward

    Not very PC, but...

    So I guess the second shock revelation is that at least some of these Martians are gay? (see the "I'm a little tea-pot thing" with going on with its wrist). I know it's not interplanetarily politically correct, but someone had to say it...

  47. Andrew Campbell

    Burton R.

    <voice type="Richard Burton">No one would have suspected that we were being viewed from mars, like insects under a microscope.</voice>

  48. Lloyd
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    It's quite simple

    Send the rover back there and wait, after all:

    "Sand-people scare easily but will soon be back in greater numbers"

  49. Edward Pearson


    Its a rock formation and a shadow, or maybe its santa holding a bag of ferrets, fuck knows.

  50. theotherone

    isn't that

    Al Gore....?


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