Hey, What’s That Shiny Thing On Mars?


Earlier this week NASA released a mysterious photo of the surface of Mars, taken by the Curiosity Rover.

The image shows a mysterious flash in the background that couldn’t be immediately explained by NASA.

So, obviously, the Internet exploded with theories about what the mystery object could be. After a few days of further research, NASA released the following statement:

“One possibility is that the light is the glint from a rock surface reflecting the sun. When these images were taken each day, the sun was in the same direction as the bright spot, west-northwest from the rover, and relatively low in the sky. The rover science team is also looking at the possibility that the bright spots could be sunlight reaching the camera’s CCD directly through a vent hole in the camera housing, which has happened previously on other cameras on Curiosity and other Mars rovers when the geometry of the incoming sunlight relative to the camera is precisely aligned.

“We think it’s either a vent-hole light leak or a glinty rock.”

Really, NASA? A rock? Thanks for raining on our parade. OK, so it’s not an alien or UFO, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate wildly about what we wish it was.

71001 4PK Meteor Dinos option 1 - PackagingSo, let’s make a game of it.

Comment below with your wildest, silliest and wackiest guesses for what the mystery light is, and I’ll send the three best comments Crashlings 4 Pack.

I got a shipment of the space toys, and I’d like to give them away to a few luck readers.

UPDATE! Congratulations to our four winners. Their answers are below.

Zach: “A Star Wars lightsaber fight.”

Nathan: “I’m pretty sure it’s the adamantium skeleton remains of Wolverine’s long lost martian cousin. Or maybe brother-in-law.”

Otis: “I think the shiny rock found on mars could possibly be a small civilization that has finally developed a camera with flash and they were taking pictures of the Curiosity rover.”

James: “A Martian scanner from the underground Martian mining community. They don’t live on the surface, they live underground!”




  1. The shiny glint is part of an ancient Martian life form called Globorts. They are seven feet tall and glow bright white. That is what Curiosity saw, not just a rock.

  2. I am so glad that they said the sun’s direction was in the same as the same spot as the light. An alien, really? What a dumb idea in the first place. They have been looking for those for years and then one shows up now?! Read the Bible people!!! We are the only living things (and God) through out the galaxy and you should be happy because of that! I am. 🙂

    As for the light, to me looks like an EDERMEN!!!! :p 🙂

    • I totally agree. Although, He made worlds without number, so maybe somewhere out there, there is a place…
      But where did you get the enderman idea???

      • I don’t know I just looked at really closely and it looks like an Enderman. And God made the rest of the galaxy just because he likes to create, like an artist. It is really pretty!

      • Hey someone if there were other intelligent life forms God would have had to die twice but He didn’t.

      • The Doctor- If there are no other beings out there, how can they be without sin? WE, humans are the only ones in this galaxy. Like I said before God loves to create beautiful things but we are the prize of his creation. Look at what he has made around you. Look up at the sky. Only He could make that and only He could make you. 🙂

      • Sniper- Who said he didn’t die twice? I know it’s unlikely and I don’t believe in extraterrestrial life but there is a TON we don’t know about God. Who knows, maby he did?

      • Your Shoe-

        Wrong, if God had made other life out there, he would had told us because he is a just, loving, wonderful… (much more cool words) and truthful God. He would never keep his from knowing anything about him. He put it in the Bible and all we have to do is look it up and believe. That is what faith is, believing in something you can’t see but at the same time you know he is there. From the day your were born till the day you die he will be there for you. 🙂

      • Dude guys/Admin/Moderators This is NOT a christian chat forum some of us ARENT christian place don’t post all this stuff!

      • Formerly Billybobjoe

        Lots of people read it. I’ve read a couple times. Pretty much every Christian religion reads and uses the bible.

    • Um… We are not the only things. What a great comment… If you are a nerd. Ever heard of the “Wow” signal. It’s a signal discovered coming from another part of the galaxy. Gosh. Think of FACTS! I am christian, but Religion starts to be uncovered as a lie when you think of science. How does it look like an Endermen! Endermen are TALL.

      • That’s the dumbest thing i’ve ever heard. If you think about it, the Bible explains everything and makes much more sense than these stupid theories such as the
        wow signal

    • We are also probably more advanced then alien life. Either that, or no one has broke past the speed of sound and into lightspeed yet.

    • Well, I guess it never said that… but it only really said that God created earthlings… 😐 😕 🙂 😉

    • I agree with Avenger nerd. I think we will never find life on another planet because God created man and if He had created other life forms on other planets, He would have had to go and save them as well and the Bible records no such thing.

      Maybe another of the Mars rovers dropped his cell phone. lol

    • More like a creeper blowing up. 🙂 No sound?, cause’ there’s no oxygen in space. (sound travels on oxygen) 🙂

    • STOP TALKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!( and arguing )!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😕 😉

  3. Mr. Timn returns MUHAHAHAHAHAHA it looks like an alien but of course it isn’t i just finnished reading H.G. Wells The War of The Worlds btw im tolkien nerd just thought i’d be mr. timn today

  4. It’s the ghost of an ancient alien that used to live on Mars before the entire alien population was wiped out by the Flare (which in the future will spread to Earth when humans visit Mars). The aliens didn’t live in buildings, but dug underground tunnels deep in the center of Mars because they survived in the extreme temperatures and their skin was to sensitive to the sun’s light, which is why Curiosity can’t find any signs of life. This ghost is visiting the surface of Mars because he has never been there and doesn’t even know what it looks like. Or it’s just a rock.

  5. Maybe it’s just a flash in the picture. Clay, did they take any other pictures beside this one?
    And if so, did they have it?

    • I’ve gotta admit, that’s a pretty good explanation. Maybe Martians did live on the surface of Mars…

    • Maybe not to you. But maybe they just wanted to put it that way. You don’t have to criticize theirs because you don’t like it.

      If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

  6. I think it’s an evil space bunny from outer space who lives on a marshmellow planet and is visiting Mars to visit his Uncle Senator. (Couldn’t enter the real thing) 🙁

  7. I clicked on the great joke alert! Tab and it said error 404 I don’t know if its the joke or what.

  8. MAYBE IT’S WATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

  9. there are aliens,they are tiny bacteria on mars this might not be true but it could be.bacteria are living things.

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