There appears to be some simian activity on my second favorite planet:
This amazing picture of the Martian landscape has got alien hunters excited about the possibility that it shows a silverback gorilla striking a pose on the Martian surface.I'm pretty sure that it's just a rock as well but if the first person to set foot on Mars some time in the future is suddenly mauled by a pissed off silverback don't be surprised. I'm just saying.
The image was taken by the Mars Spirit Rover in the Gusev crater, a crater over 100 miles in diameter that is thought to have once been a lake filled with liquid water.
It's one of several images taken by Spirit that appear to show a gorilla knuckle-walking across the surface of the Red Planet.
Online sites devoted to searching through pictures of Mars for signs of life have long pointed to the picture as an example of an 'anomaly' that suggests Martian life...
But it isn't a gorilla. It's a rock. Gorillas have not invented spaceflight and could not survive in the 95% carbon dioxide atmosphere of Mars. Also, it looks like a rock.