Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 23rd, 2008
The newly rediscovered photograph of a Bigfoot-like image on the planet Mars is getting a lot of humor-filled play in the media. We might as well talk about it here too.
I just saw CNN laugh their way through a report on it. (“So that’s why there’s been no reports of Bigfoot from Tibet. He’s on Mars.” And “Oh, it’s not Bigfoot. It’s a woman.”)
Anyway, here is the photo, along with some others that appear to not show the Bigfoot image.
That is an odd rock near it, that’s for sure.
The wider view shows how small or far away this “Bigfoot” really is:
The photograph, taken in 2004 by the Mars explorer Spirit, appears to show a human shaped object that looks similar to a frame from the Patterson-Gimlin film.
Spirit, sent to Mars to capture images from the surface of the planet, is one half of a $820m (£410m) mission, along with its twin explorer, Opportunity.
It landed on Mars in January 2004 for a three month mission to search Gusev Crater, a rock strewn stretch of soil that scientists believe could be the bed of an ancient lake. If Mars once had surface water, it had the potential to support life.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.