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Like most spectacular findings that emerge on the Internet, a photo that appears to reveal a rat or squirrel on Mars has resurfaced and is being reported this week by many mainstream media outlets. Reports are based on undated findings from the site UFO Sightings Daily which showed "evidence" that rodents could possibly exist on Mars.
A little history of the rat from the Examiner.com shows that the original photo was taken on Sept. 28, 2012 by NASA's rover Curiosity and then reported on UFO Sightings Daily on Dec. 4, 2012 (above). An analysis of the photo published on May 10 on the Mars Anomaly Research site apparently rekindled the current craze. It was also reported in January by Strangetek.com and other sites that NASA had brought the rat to Mars for testing.
A look at Google today showed hundreds of sites, led by Fox News, reporting the discovery.
But wait. Just because there's no breathable air for Earth mammals, no food, and almost no water on the Red Planet doesn't mean we can't have fun with it.
Here's the image that supposedly shows the rodent up close.
Credit: UFO Sightings Daily
Here's the original photo where the rat/squirrel was discovered.
Here we show the original image grabbed from NASA.gov — showing that it must be real.