Jun 24, 2015 I Paul Seaburn

New Pyramid Found on Mars Joins a Growing List

A photo taken by the Mars Curiosity Rover in May 2015 shows what appears to be a small pyramid on the planet’s surface. This isn’t the first pyramid found on Mars and it joins a growing list of pyramids found on other astral bodies besides Earth. Are they somehow connected to our own pyramids?

The photo was taken at location Sol 978 in the Jocko Chute, a NASA nickname for the saddle-shaped pass west of Jocko Butte. It’s estimated that the pyramid is about five feet in height, so either the builders were small, it’s a model for a larger structure or it’s the top of a pyramid that’s buried under the Martian soil.

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Full image shows pyramid at the top right of center

Pyramids (or pyramid-shaped rocks for the skeptics) have been found since telescopes were first pointed at Mars. The first significant pyramids were discovered on February 8, 1972, by the Mariner 9 spacecraft in an area called Elysium Planitia. In 1976, the Viking 1 and Viking 2 spacecrafts returned to take better pictures of the pyramids and found more in the area known as Cydonia Mensae along with the famous giant face on Mars.

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The famous Face on Mars and nearby pyramids

And they’re not just on Mars. Last week the Dawn spacecraft sent new images from Ceres including what appears to be a giant pyramid on the dwarf planet. In October 2014, the Rosetta space probe sent pictures of what looks like a pyramid on the surface of Comet 67P. And in July 2014, photographs were discovered of Asteroid 1999-RQ36, the target of an upcoming NASA mission to bring a sample back from an asteroid, which show a huge pyramid structure (in relation to its own size) on its surface.

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The pyramid on asteroid 1999-RQ36

That’s four extraterrestrial pyramids found in less than a year, plus those already discovered on Mars and the Moon (one appears in an Apollo 17 photograph).

Are NASA and other space programs intentionally exploring planets, moons and asteroids with pyramids? Are they being directed to do so? By whom? Is it just a coincidence? If we can’t explain our own pyramids, should we be so quick to dismiss these as rocks?

How many do we have to see before pareidolia become reality?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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