This mouse-shaped shadow was caught on camera by a NASA robot…

NASA's Curiosity Rover spots a 'mouse' on Mars

Check it out NG Kids fans – it looks like we might have found a red planet rodent!

Scientists have long questioned whether there is life on Mars, and by the looks of these latest pictures, there very well might be…

NASA’s Curiosity Rover (a robot exploring the landscape on planet Mars), seems to have spotted something rather unusual among the usually uninhabited and rocky Martian landscape.

A UFO you might think? A three-headed fish, even? Nope, the pictures show what seems to be a small, fluffy mouse – just hanging out on Mars.

While there’s no official word from NASA about the Martian mouse, amateur astronomer Joe White posted the pictures on his YouTube channel, saying he thinks he’s spotted a mouse in the Curiosity Rover’s recent footage.

NASA's Curiosity Rover spots a 'mouse' on Mars

He wrote alongside the video: “A possible very large mouse or other rodent on Mars in Gale Crater – sitting on a ridge, plain as day. It is probably an optical illusion but seems to have big ears, nose and eyes. It resembles a very large mouse or jerboa in appearance.”

But hold on to your hats space lovers, because it looks as though the little critter might just be a figure of our imaginations, as many people believe the shadowy image to simply show a mouse-shaped rock.

The Curiosity Rover touched down on Mars on 6th August 2012 and has been on a special space mission to explore the red planet ever since. Scientists are using the car-sized robot to study the Gale Crater, an old meteor site on Mars!

For years scientists believed there was no chance of finding life on Mars, due to its thin atmosphere and freezing winter temperatures – which can be as cold as minus 130°C! But in September 2015 scientists announced they had found salt water on the planet’s surface, leading them to think there could be life on Mars – just probably not in the shape of a mouse!

Cool, eh? What do you think, is it a mouse or a rock? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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  • Callum

    An animal needs food, and I doubt a mouse could be finding any carrots on mars. But, hey, there could be micro-organisms or even bugs!

  • Holly

    Hello my name is holly and me and my group have been reading your article. We liked it! It was interesting. Bye and thank you Holly

  • Finlay.B

    you would expect it to be an alien but a mouse that's crazy. maybe there is life on mars?

  • Potato

    If there are aliens maybe we could be friends with them?

  • QUE

    I hope there is life on mars

  • Lion boy

    It is amazing

  • kyce

    it might be a fossil

  • haylee mansson

    BUT... no life on mars???

  • Jemma

    imagine seeing it for real.it could bite.

  • toby

    awesome!!it would be cool if it was a real mouse

  • emma

    It would be really cool if Mars could sustain life and someday we could go there for a holiday!

  • Will

    I hope they find more

  • Griff

    So cool, I wonder whether it is a mouse or rock?

  • so cool.if you found a mouse shaped rock... mind blown.

  • Sadhu Suarda

    Oh wow, i think its just another creature, not a mice really, but a undiscovered species.

  • Alien mouse XL

    How is that even possible but I still think that it might be true

  • Toby

    That was crazy and my mum was amazed and it is very hard to amaze her.

  • Lovebear5000

    Wow that is amazing I never thought there could be life on mars!

  • Sam

    Not mouse

  • Simone

    A mouse

  • That's so weird. Hmm.........I wonder if that's actually a mouse. I mean NASA has already said that there is a possibility of life being on Mars.

  • Larana

    Cool

  • szymon

    just a rock!

  • Minh Chau

    i think it is a alien mouse

  • mouse rock

    It might be a mouse.But I think it is a rock it might be a computer error.

  • P

    Lets find these alien rats!

  • bobo

    hi that is scary

  • Hugh

    is there really mouse on mars!

  • Anonymous

    I think it's a rock

  • APRICOT JUPITER 7

    I wonder if there really is a mouse on mars.

  • Maeve

    I thought mars was super hot

  • Mullai

    Exciting

  • Samlalldalf

    It is probably a rock, with the tail being formed out of some sand. the life of a rodent on mars is highly unlikely, due to a mouses inability to fly to mars or transport there in any way. Humans cannot live on Mars because neither the temperature nor the atmosphere is compatible with human survival. There is also no edible food and very little available water. Mice are smaller than humans, less smart than humans, and they also have less body fat to keep them warm. It is interesting that we found it

  • Megan44

    Cool! I hope it is a mouse because that will mean there is life on Mars!

  • LovelyRabbit07

    OMG its so cute and how is it on mars!

  • cata

    i think that its a rock

  • iloveguineapigs

    how cute :-)

  • iloveguineapigs

    I think I shouod believe its real

  • burger

    it looks so real i hope it is real

  • maya_moo

    WOW!!!! real aliens!!!!

  • pawel

    wait but if a mouse would live on Mars then how can it survive?

  • Emily Yang

    Wow I think it is a mouse or photoshop

  • ngkid

    i love this

  • STEM

    AMAZING

  • Space-girl

    This was cool. I love space!

  • Myself

    I think its a rock because IF its a mouse, how come weve never seen it before on a camera? Or where would the mouse get its food from? Sorry to sound so.... flat. Or glass-half-empty. :)

  • Moo

    A gerbal.

  • Jannie

    its cool

  • melodyscent1111

    i think its real because if you look closely you can tell its not a shadow

  • melody

    cool i think it is a real live mouse

  • Derpyface

    I think that it is a mouse

  • _XxMadsxX_

    cool !!!!

  • priscilla

    age 7 this is a adorable mouse I love it lol

  • beitnon1234

    Nice

  • harrym

    its ice cream

  • bjvjhcnb

    WEIRD

  • Caragreen-35

    Im going to say that the picture is real

  • kulda

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  • Veny

    Its ccccoooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bv

    tye

  • Kristina2005

    Wow!!! Such a cute mouse!!

  • Hadk

    Cool........... but do you think there would be a mouse?It´s probably a rock there exist rocks looking like animals and It´s rare.But they exist. I think there are more animal looking rocks on that planet.

  • Englishteacher

    That is so cool! A martian mouse! He is cute! :D

  • Anyone

    Looks like a mouse but.. can it be. I mean is it possible?!?!?!?

  • TurtleDude

    MOUSE

  • Mariokid

    Its a mouse-shaped rock.

  • shark64

    Yes

  • hannahbluesky

    Awesome! Alien mouse...

  • DarkPanteress

    I SERIOUSLY hope that its an alien mouse!!

  • COOLKID 555-

    Im so suprised in fact, today at school we were talking about whether they had found life in space yet or not Im going to tell my teacher tomorrow

  • Cheetahblaze10000

    ITS A MMMMMMOOOOOOUUUUUUSSSSSSEEEEEE!!!!!!

  • Cheetahblaze10000

    LOL

  • Cheetahblaze10000

    LOL!!!

  • Cheetahblaze10000

    LOL!!!!!

  • mattat

    A Mouse!!!!!!!!WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mattat

    super cool and so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Triangle

    ITS THE ILLUMINATI

  • richard

    wow facsanating

  • poli

    a rat in mars impossible because if there is no rat in mars how cam be that a mars with no mom and dad how can be alive but i think is a rat about the form of the picture or a stone aim sure that it with be dead with no water well there is water in mars but very difficult to find water and food well there is no water in mars poor mouse and if is a stone well i dont no and if your mother of father is a fisher can you tell them to dot kill the fish,whale,dolphin,sharks and other things please

  • Johnkane

    cccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

  • magmalord26

    cool adapted mars mouse!

  • magmalord26

    might be a mouse adapted to the climate of mars cool !!!!!

  • aguanda

    m

  • aguanda

    Im going to be a scientist when I grow up but I dont know but I know there is life on Mars

  • aguanda

    Im going to be a scientist when I grow up or I dont know but I know there is a life on Mars and there is !

  • sylvie1234567890

    WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWWOWOWOWOWOWOW

  • DIMOND

    That is crazy i am 11 there is no chance there is a mouse on Mars because there is no oxygen.

  • GeckoCats

    Has to be mouse. If you look closely it is a different color than all the other rocks around it.

  • PinkyOwlLove

    OMG WOW :O :D..... Right now at school i am learning about space so this interests me sooooooo much :D i so hope its true so scientists can do more investigating ;)

  • Gianna

    Omg is that a mouse???!?!?!?!

  • ACE The Fox

    Awesome! It looks like a little pig!

  • cyerra

    how did they hind the mouse on mars?

  • dobbylover224

    I bet its a rat!!!!!!So cool!!!!!!!COULD BE AN ALIEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kiera999

    its not a mouse or a rock its a fake like the lock ness monster

  • kiera999

    how did that happen

  • Bex

    I cant wait!!

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  • bob2220202

    jeez

  • oceanico

    a rock maybe cuz how could breath in space

  • oceanico

    wierd

  • MK

    Thats totaly amazing!!!!!!!!! Who said there wasnt any life on Mars!!!!!!

  • MK

    Thats totaly amazing!!!!!!!!! Who said there wasnt any life on Mars!!!!!!

  • darcy

    I THINK YOUR RIGHT BECAUSE THE ANIMAL IN THE PICTURE IS SHAPED LIKE A MOUSE AND BECAUSE SCIENTISTS HAVE SAID THERE MIGHT BE LIFE ON MARS.

  • sdfhk

    its got to be a rock

  • Rey

    I think it could be a Mars mouse because anything can happen in this crazy universe that so many strange creatures live in. If there can be flying squirrels than there could be Mars mice as well

  • Pheobe

    I was reading some comments later today and found out that some people are saying its a rock and others are saying its totally a mouse because it looks like it has ears and a tail so i dont really no what to say. In my head im thinking how could suddenly a mouse appear on mars and if it did then wouldnt it be on the news because its not so im guessing probbly just a rock or maybe well also looks a bit photo shopped as well so good on ya national geographic .

  • Hania

    mouse

  • Hania

    wow

  • Togo

    It think is a roc but is coló

  • Sru

    Its a mouse

  • snakelover

    deeeeeeeeefinetly a mouse/rodent

  • snakelover

    mouse,mouse,MOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • snakelover

    i think mouse. friend thinks rock

  • snakelover

    THAT IS A MOUSE!!!!!!! OF COURSE!!!!! I BELIVE THAT THERE IS LIFE ON MARS................

  • DA

    COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

  • spaghetti

    cool

  • AAS_BSV_5B_Miss_Romano

    I am not sure about if it a mouse or a rock but I think is a giagiant mouse because it look like it have a head, a nose and a tale. Maby is a giagiant mouse because maby in Venus there are enormes ants and tiny elephants.

  • 5B Daniela -

    I think it is a mouse :D

  • 5B Daniela -

    I think it is a mouse

  • asieourk

    sorry but that is NOT a mouse.... neither is it anything living.... its a rock.

  • PabloFe

    I think is not true because any human or animal can live in the space.

  • BOBBYMLG

    I HATE THIS WEBSITE...THAT IS SOOO FAKE

  • tigersrule

    it could be a mouse because it is a different color from all the other rocks and it looks like it has ears and a small tail. :)

  • XxKovuLionxX

    wow cant wait to find out more information! They might even find Red lions on there i think this will go down i history!!!

  • Gigi

    wow

  • arjun-pancholi

    thats very interesting...i wish i could find out more about this :( its really strange but sorta cool :0

  • manofcheeese

    ARE YOU SERIOUS A MOUSE ON MARS COME ON GUYS YOUR NOT GOING TO FALL FOR THIS ARE YOU

  • geduyweghdbvlihw

    it is a rock

  • Gracetiger8

    I think it looks different from the other rocks but Im not sure if its a mouse!

  • Jai Taylor Prince

    I think the mouse is a shadow from the star called doojshxhhsh.

  • 3B

    We think its a ninja mouse from the distant galaxy of redtarghurypdulbah 18. Hes obviously there to scout for Intergalactic Pig People from the Ghadtulgarskif region that orbits Saturn. Furthermore we believe that the Mouse youve discovered is potentially very dangerous and we should immediately destroy Mars with our lasers. Its for the benefit of mankind and to secure our future. Regards, 3B

  • mr_moomoo

    I think its a rock, but a cool find

  • Estelle

    Maybe a mouse!!!

  • haily

    how cool that there is life on mars but i think that it is a mouse

  • IsobelandBramble

    Awesome!!Cool!!

  • zain12345678

    sick blad like thats sick i cant believe it sick man that mouse got takes

  • Daren

    Wow

  • natkingcoles

    sick

  • George

    You made a fasinating fact file and I leant a lot.

  • Sophia-L

    COOL!

  • Alix

    Wooooooop Wooooooop Wooooooop

  • cam210

    wow , who knew there was life at Mar!

  • Pool

    Epic

  • Pool

    It must be a mouse

  • Pool

    I think its a mouse amazing

  • Jk

    Cool

  • cooooooooll

    lololollol

  • fgrr

    cool awesome epic

  • Buffy

    Mouse!!!

  • lillypurr

    Wow!

  • AmyLilly

    No way is it a rodent it looks like a rock in the distance.

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