First it was “Bigfoot” seen in mid-stride dodging from behind a rock outcropping earlier this year… followed by speculation surrounding “Danish Mermaids” and finally giant “crudely drawn smiley faces” on the surface of Mars. Now, appearing in a NASA photograph dating back to late May of 2004, we see what looks almost like a “railroad plank” embedded in the red soil of the Martian landscape:

Also, here is a link to the entire panoramic view taken by the Mars rover Opportunity:

NASA tells us that “The rover acquired these frames during its 115th martian day, or sol, in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars, on May 21, 2004. The rover was near the edge of Endurance Crater, which dominates the right half of this view. The crater is about 130 meters (about 430 feet) in diameter.”

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Author: Micah Hanks

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One Reply to ““Railroad Plank” Added to List of Weird Objects on Mars?”

  1. Hah, I remember the “Martian Bigfoot” picture.
    I thought Bigfoot looked sad and lonely out there….

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