PHOTOS of what appears to be an Easter Island head on Mars have left a prominent conspiracy theorist convinced aliens are alive and well on the Red Planet.
UFO hunters who scan official NASA photos for evidence of alien life are convinced the newest photos are the real deal. Photos snapped by NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover appear to show oddly shaped rocks that have been interpreted as alien statues. The photos, shared to the UFO conspiracy blog ET Data Base, have been branded evidence of “an intelligent civilisation” living on Mars.
According to Scott C Waring, a popular conspiracy theorist and self-titled UFO expert, the Martian “statues” are most likely linked to the Moai of Easter Island in the Pacific.
Mr Waring said: “I found a statue on Mars, and it’s very similar to hundreds of statues found here on Earth.
“The statue is similar to that of Easter Island, a small island surrounded by a mysterious people the arrived, constructed statues and disappeared.
“Well, I think we know where they came from now…this photo of an Easter Island statue on Mars tells us everything we need to know.”
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Mr Waring believes the Polynesian civilisation that built the Moai before destroying Easter Island’s environment may have come from Mars.
He said: The people came from Mars, at least…this tribe of people, they landed on an island, and later decided to travel beyond Earth so they left to find a new planet.
“There is so much evidence of an intelligent civilization living on Mars in this one photo.
“I literally could find over 100 different objects in this photo.
“Even the untrained eye could find at least a dozen.
“Well… I guess we solved the Easter Island mystery.”
Mr Waring then shared a quote from President John F Kennedy who in 1963 told the Irish Parliament: “The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by sceptics or cynics, whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
“We need men who can dream of things that never were, and ask why not.”
The UFO hunter also discussed his findings on YouTube where he was met with praise and scepticism.
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One viewer said: “Hi Scott very interesting photo. I saw those faces.
“Thank you for your dedication to this. May you continue in your research.”
Another person said: “Looks like it could be the same builder for sure.
“But all the other faces could be imagination overload.”
Most experts, however, will agree the Martian rocks are not statues and Mr Waring has experienced an effect known as pareidolia.
Pareidolia kicks in when a person sees recognisable shapes and patterns where they do not exist.
For example, a person experiences pareidolia when they see a face in a rock formation or an animal in a cloud.
NASA said: “Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data.
“There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space.”