Since Nasa’s mission to Mars got under way on  August 6, the Curiously Rover has beamed some astonishing images back to Earth  that have left scientists and amateur star-gazers alike scratching their heads  and envisioning UFOs.

But even seasoned alien watchers were puzzled  when the rover making its way through the Red Planet send back the image of what  appeared to be a fossilized human finger.

YouTube user StephenHannardADGUK, part of a group called Alien Disclosure  UK, who had caused a stir on the Internet  last week after pointing out white ‘flying objects’ zooming across the Martian  sky called attention to a collection of ‘mysterious’ items he spotted in a video  from Gale Crater.

Ancient digit: A YouTube user claimed that the rover stumbled upon an ancient, fossilized human finger, which in reality is likely just a rock

Ancient digit: A YouTube user claimed that the rover  stumbled upon an ancient, fossilized human finger, which in reality is likely  just a rock

 

Martian footwear: Another rock that caught the attention of the UFO enthusiast made him think of a long-forgotten shoe or sandal on the surface of the Red Planet

Martian footwear: Another rock that caught the attention  of the UFO enthusiast made him think of a long-forgotten shoe or sandal on the  surface of the Red Planet

‘Mars Curiosty(sp) captures a possible  ancient finger, a dome shaped object, a shoe or sandal and a possible Martian  creature,’ Hannard wrote in the video description. ‘Are these anomalies real,  tricks of the light or something else, as always you decide.’

The image shows what appears to be a rock  shaped like a digit with a faint outline at one end that vaguely resembles a  fingernail. Another rock found nearby  resembles an overturned sandal, and a crevice on another geological formation  looks like a smiling Martian critter, NBC reported.

Nasa,  however, has so far made no ground-breaking announcements regarding the  discovery of life forms – or Martian footwear, for that matter – on the Red  Planet, leaving UFO enthusiasts guessing and wondering.

On August 18, Hannard posted footage in which  he applied a series of filters to a Curiosity, revealing what he claimed to be  four objects resembling flying saucers hovering in the sky.

Martian life form: An image of a rock with a crevice in the middle vaguely resembles a grinning extra-terrestrial critter Martian life form: An image of a rock with a crevice in  the middle vaguely resembles a grinning extra-terrestrial critter

‘Four objects caught by Mars Curiosity, very difficult to make out on original image so I have used a few filters to highlight,’ he said in the video description. ‘What are these four objects? UFOs, Dust particles, or something else? As always you decide.’

Experts, however, came out saying that the  four ‘objects’ are actually just dead pixels in the rover’s CCD camera — single  points in the camera’s imager that have lost functionality and register as  white.

Marc D’Antonio, a photo and video analyst for  MUFON [Mutual UFO Network], told Huffington Post, ‘I fully concur at this point  that these are dead pixels on the imager. All CCD (cameras) have them, and in a  bland atmosphere like that at Mars, they would be very obvious as opposed to an  active atmosphere like Earth, where they could end up hidden for a long time  before anyone noticed them.’

UFO or camera snafu: The same relentless web user posted footage in which he applied a series of filters to a Curiosity image, revealing what he claimed to be four objects resembling flying saucers

UFO or camera snafu: The same relentless web user posted  footage in which he applied a series of filters to a Curiosity image, revealing  what he claimed to be four objects resembling flying saucers

 

Theory debunked: Experts came out saying that the four 'saucers' are actually just dead pixels in the rover's camera

Theory debunked: Experts came out saying that the four  ‘saucers’ are actually just dead pixels in the rover’s camera

 

The YouTube video - posted by a Stephen Hannard - puts the photograph through many different filters to try to find more clues as to their existence

The YouTube video –  posted by a Stephen Hannard – puts the photograph through many different filters  to try to find more clues as to their existence. A fourth blob can be seen to  the top of this image

 

Just two days after the rover touched down on  Mars, back to Earth caused many UFO hunters to perk up. It seemed that Nasa has  itself captured something very strange on camera, including a strange white  light dancing across the horizon of the red planet, and four blobs hovering in  the sky

While the images are certainly a curiosity,  Nasa and photography experts insist that these are nothing more than blemishes  on the images, picked up by the camera lens sitting on the rover at a distance  of 350 million miles away.

1) Some internet users claim to be able to see a speck of light rapidly  traversing the Martian horizon on the images below

It may not look like much, but on the dry and barren Mars landscape, any movement is unexpected - so what is this light which apparently lifts itself off the ground?

 

It may not look like much, but on the dry and barren Mars landscape, any movement is unexpected - so what is this light which apparently lifts itself off the ground?

2) It may not look like much, but on the dry and barren Mars landscape, any  movement is unexpected – and some claim to be able to see a light which  apparently lifts itself off the ground below

It may not look like much, but on the dry and barren Mars landscape, any movement is unexpected - so what is this light which apparently lifts itself off the ground?

3)On some returned images from the Curiosity, strange pinpoints appear in the  sky  – are they spaceships, or just abnormalities on the camera? 

So far, Nasa has not commented on any of the  strange sightings, but alien hunters have suggested these are alien ships  monitoring our baby steps into the universe.

Curiosity, a six-wheeled vehicle the  size of  a compact car, landed inside a vast, ancient impact crater near  Mars’ equator  on August 6 after an eight-month, 354-million-mile voyage  through  space.

Earlier this week , the rover was seen  wiggling its wheels back and fourth during  final checks before it sets off  across the surface of Mars.

Engineers at mission control have been  running a series of tests before the  one-ton vehicle’s first drive which is  expected in the next couple of  days.

The Martian motor was also shown flexing its  extending robotic arm for the first time. The  7-foot-long (2.1-meter-long) arm  maneuvers a turret of tools including a camera, a drill, a spectrometer, a scoop  and mechanisms for sieving and portioning samples of powdered rock and  soil.

The Mars rover Curiosity zapped its first  rock on Sunday with a  high-powered laser gun designed to analyze Martian  mineral content, and  scientists declared their target practice a  success.

The robotic science lab aimed its laser beam  at the fist-sized stone nearby and shot the rock with 30 pulses over a 10-second  period, NASA said in a statement issued from mission control at the Jet  Propulsion Laboratory  near Los Angeles.

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