NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured an elephant on Mars — well, actually, it’s an elephant-shaped lava flow in Elysium Planitia on Mars.

The picture provides one more Martian example of the phenomenon known as “pareidolia,” in which our eyes and brain can be coaxed to see familiar patterns in unfamiliar settings. Pareidolia is the best explanation for the Face on Mars, the Mermaid on Mars … and even the Happy Face on Mars.

The Elephant Face on Mars also provides a glimpse of the geological changes that shaped the Red Planet over the course of billions of years.

  1. Dallas says:

    Republican colony. Why does Noob Gingrich want to colonize the moon using tax payer dollars now?

    • deowll says:

      Just trying to find a location where people such as yourself won’t harm others and will be safe from the dangers of fossil fuels.

      There aren’t any there and if there where there isn’t enough O2 to burn them besides its kind of cold some a bit more green house effect would be welcome. Just think once you are there you guys can worship the great god Obama all you want.

    • Nano says:

      Hello, Elli!

  2. observer says:

    Shades of Pournelle’s Footfall?

  3. Pays2Think says:

    This is as crazy as seeing christ in toast.

  4. jpfitz says:

    Pareidolia pachyderm.

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  7. Chris Mac says:

    it’s mouth is full of shit.. it’s ears are blown back yet it’s trunk is unaffected

    usa #1

  8. Glenn E. says:

    Normally I’m not so incline to notice this, or to point it out. But… what his lava flow looks like, depends on its orientation. Rotate it 180 degree, and it could be described as something else, not necessarily elephantine in origin. I’ll leave it up to the rest of your imaginations. I’m just sayin.

  9. Amnesty for cartels says:

    What? No Virgin Mary on Mars?
    No Jesus on Mars?
    No Elvis on Mars?

    I am shocked. Shocked! I tell you.

  10. BigBoyBC says:

    Horton hears Marvin the Martian.

  11. MartinJJ says:

    They probably have a lot of fun at NASA fooling everyone with those photoshop pics.


  12. Yaknow says:

    Love martin art. As abstract as it is, it really needs ears.

  13. kerpow says:

    I saw Yoda’s head in the clouds the other day. I took it as a good omen.

  14. Perry says:

    Looks like a Mr Snuffleupagus to me.

  15. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    Roll Tide…Roll!


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