NASA's Curiosity Rover spots a 'mouse' on Mars!

The mouse-shaped shadow was caught on camera by a NASA robot


NASA mouse on Mars

Check it out NG Kids fans - it looks like we might have found a red planet rodent!


Scientists have long questioned whether there is life on Mars, and by the looks of these latest pictures, there very well might be...


NASA's Curiosity Rover (a robot exploring the landscape on planet Mars), seems to have spotted something rather unusual among the usually unihabited and rocky Martian landscape.


A UFO you might think? A three-headed fish, even? Nope, the pictures show what seems to be a small, fluffy mouse - just hanging out on Mars.


While there's no official word from NASA about the Martian mouse, amateur astronomer Joe White posted the pictures on his YouTube channel, saying he thinks he's spotted a mouse in the Curiosity Rover's recent footage.


NASA mouse on Mars

He wrote alongside the video: "A possible very large mouse or other rodent on Mars in Gale Crater - sitting on a ridge, plain as day. It is probably an optical illusion but seems to have big ears, nose and eyes. It resembles a very large mouse or jerboa in appearance."


But hold on to your hats space lovers, because it looks as though the little critter might just be a figure of our imaginations, as many people believe the shadowy image to simply show a mouse-shaped rock.


The Curiosity Rover touched down on Mars on 6th August 2012 and has been on a special space mission to explore the red planet ever since. Scientists are using the car-sized robot to study the Gale Crater, an old meteor site on Mars!


For years scientists believed there was no chance of finding life on Mars, due to its thin atmosphere and freezing winter temperatures - which can be as cold as minus 130°C! But in September 2015 scientists announced they had found salt water on the planet's surface, leading them to think there could be life on Mars - just probably not in the shape of a mouse!


Cool, eh? What do you think, is it a mouse or a rock? Let us know by leaving a comment below.


Your Comments

harrym
its ice cream
bjvjhcnb
WEIRD
Derpyface
Caragreen-35
Im going to say that the picture is real
Veny
Its ccccoooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!
kulda
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tye
Kristina2005
Wow!!! Such a cute mouse!!
Englishteacher
That is so cool! A martian mouse! He is cute! :D
Hadk
Cool........... but do you think there would be a mouse?It´s probably a rock there exist rocks looking like animals and It´s rare.But they exist. I think there are more animal looking rocks on that planet.
Anyone
Looks like a mouse but.. can it be. I mean is it possible?!?!?!?
TurtleDude
MOUSE
Mariokid
It's a mouse-shaped rock.
shark64
Yes
hannahbluesky
Awesome! Alien mouse...
DarkPanteress
I SERIOUSLY hope that it's an alien mouse!!
COOLKID 555-
Im so suprised in fact, today at school we were talking about whether they had found life in space yet or not I'm going to tell my teacher tomorrow
Cheetahblaze10000
LOL!!!!!
Cheetahblaze10000
LOL!!!
Cheetahblaze10000
LOL
Cheetahblaze10000
ITS A MMMMMMOOOOOOUUUUUUSSSSSSEEEEEE!!!!!!
mattat
super cool and so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mattat
A Mouse!!!!!!!!WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Triangle
ITS THE ILLUMINATI
richard
wow facsanating
poli
a rat in mars impossible because if there is no rat in mars how cam be that a mars with no mom and dad how can be alive but i think is a rat about the form of the picture or a stone aim sure that it with be dead with no water well there is water in mars but very difficult to find water and food well there is no water in mars poor mouse and if is a stone well i don't no and if your mother of father is a fisher can you tell them to dot kill the fish,whale,dolphin,sharks and other things please
Johnkane
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magmalord26
might be a mouse adapted to the climate of mars cool !!!!!
magmalord26
cool adapted mars mouse!
sylvie1234567890
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aguanda
I'm going to be a scientist when I grow up or I don't know but I know there is a life on Mars and there is !
aguanda
I'm going to be a scientist when I grow up but I don't know but I know there is life on Mars
aguanda
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DIMOND
That is crazy i am 11 there is no chance there is a mouse on Mars because there is no oxygen.
GeckoCats
Has to be mouse. If you look closely it is a different color than all the other rocks around it.
PinkyOwlLove
OMG WOW :O :D..... Right now at school i am learning about space so this interests me sooooooo much :D i so hope its true so scientists can do more investigating ;)
Gianna
Omg is that a mouse???!?!?!?!
ACE The Fox
Awesome! It looks like a little pig!
dobbylover224
I bet its a rat!!!!!!So cool!!!!!!!COULD BE AN ALIEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
cyerra
how did they hind the mouse on mars?
kiera999
how did that happen
kiera999
its not a mouse or a rock its a fake like the lock ness monster
Bex
I can't wait!!
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bob2220202
jeez
oceanico
a rock maybe cuz how could breath in space
oceanico
wierd
MK
That's totaly amazing!!!!!!!!! Who said there wasn't any life on Mars!!!!!!
MK
That's totaly amazing!!!!!!!!! Who said there wasn't any life on Mars!!!!!!
darcy
I THINK YOUR RIGHT BECAUSE THE ANIMAL IN THE PICTURE IS SHAPED LIKE A MOUSE AND BECAUSE SCIENTISTS HAVE SAID THERE MIGHT BE LIFE ON MARS.
sdfhk
its got to be a rock
Rey
I think it could be a Mars mouse because anything can happen in this crazy universe that so many strange creatures live in. If there can be flying squirrels than there could be Mars mice as well
Pheobe
I was reading some comments later today and found out that some people are saying it's a rock and others are saying it's totally a mouse because it looks like it has ears and a tail so i don't really no what to say. In my head i'm thinking how could suddenly a mouse appear on mars and if it did then would'nt it be on the news because it's not so i'm guessing probbly just a rock or maybe well also looks a bit photo shopped as well so good on ya national geographic .
Hania
wow
Hania
mouse
Sru
It's a mouse
Togo
It think is a roc but is coló
snakelover
THAT IS A MOUSE!!!!!!! OF COURSE!!!!! I BELIVE THAT THERE IS LIFE ON MARS................
snakelover
i think mouse. friend thinks rock
snakelover
mouse,mouse,MOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
snakelover
deeeeeeeeefinetly a mouse/rodent
spaghetti
cool
DA
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5B Daniela -
I think it is a mouse
5B Daniela -
I think it is a mouse :D
AAS_BSV_5B_Miss_Romano
I am not sure about if it a mouse or a rock but I think is a giagiant mouse because it look like it have a head, a nose and a tale. Maby is a giagiant mouse because maby in Venus there are enormes ants and tiny elephants.
asieourk
sorry but that is NOT a mouse.... neither is it anything living.... it's a rock.
BOBBYMLG
I HATE THIS WEBSITE...THAT IS SOOO FAKE
PabloFe
I think is not true because any human or animal can live in the space.
tigersrule
it could be a mouse because it is a different color from all the other rocks and it looks like it has ears and a small tail. :)
XxKovuLionxX
wow cant wait to find out more information! They might even find Red lions on there i think this will go down i history!!!
Gigi
wow
arjun-pancholi
thats very interesting...i wish i could find out more about this :( its really strange but sorta cool :0
manofcheeese
ARE YOU SERIOUS A MOUSE ON MARS COME ON GUYS YOUR NOT GOING TO FALL FOR THIS ARE YOU
geduyweghdbvlihw
it is a rock
3B
We think it's a ninja mouse from the distant galaxy of redtarghurypdulbah 18. He's obviously there to scout for Intergalactic Pig People from the Ghadtulgarskif region that orbits Saturn. Furthermore we believe that the Mouse you've discovered is potentially very dangerous and we should immediately destroy Mars with our lasers. It's for the benefit of mankind and to secure our future. Regards, 3B
Jai Taylor Prince
I think the mouse is a shadow from the star called doojshxhhsh.
Gracetiger8
I think it looks different from the other rocks but I'm not sure if its a mouse!
mr_moomoo
I think it's a rock, but a cool find
Estelle
Maybe a mouse!!!
haily
how cool that there is life on mars but i think that it is a mouse
IsobelandBramble
Awesome!!Cool!!
zain12345678
sick blad like thats sick i can't believe it sick man that mouse got takes
George
You made a fasinating fact file and I leant a lot.
natkingcoles
sick
Daren
Wow
Sophia-L
COOL!
Alix
Wooooooop Wooooooop Wooooooop
cam210
wow , who knew there was life at Mar!
Pool
I think it's a mouse amazing
Pool
It must be a mouse
Pool
Epic
Jk
Cool
cooooooooll
lololollol
fgrr
cool awesome epic
Buffy
Mouse!!!
lillypurr
Wow!
AmyLilly
No way is it a rodent it looks like a rock in the distance.
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