Gorilla On Mars?

Article written: 5 Mar , 2010
Updated: 26 Apr , 2016

Classify this one under the same nonsense as the “Bigfoot on Mars” the wooden plank on Mars, or perhaps even the “Face on Mars.” Just an optical illusions, folks from a very, very zoomed in image from the Mars rovers. The Sun newspaper seemingly started this foolishness on what must have been a slow news day.

Doug Ellison from Unmanned Spaceflight put together this “poster” about the gorilla (Click image for larger version):

And the folks at Image Shack show the real dimensions of the rock:

The original image has been around awhile. It was taken by the Opportunity rover back on sol 87 in 2004. Click here to see the original image. Can you see any gorillas? I’m sure if you look really close and zoom in and distort any of the rocks you can see whatever you fancy.

Sources: Planetary Blog, Io9

22 Responses

  1. Jlazor says

    The sun wasn’t the only one to have a slow news day…

  2. Jon Hanford says

    Jeez, guess that apes so in need of unsoiled and safe enviroments that they feel compelled to emigrate to Mars! 🙂

  3. Jon Hanford says

    A real planet of the ‘ape’.

  4. DrFlimmer says


    That’s definitely King Kong. After his jump from the Empire State Building he bounced off from the ground and headed right for Mars, where he made a soft landing. And then he waited for the first sweet Martian girl to come by…. and he waited……

  5. chichiki123 says

    Again as usual a black&white picture!! nasa must think we are all color blind.

  6. Torbjorn Larsson OM says

    Well, in swedish that would be a given – an old and slightly ungrammatical pun on gorilla is “walk bad” (sv: “går illa”, pronounced gor´illa) – and all those funnily broken rocks would make for bad footing indeed.

  7. Torbjorn Larsson OM says

    On second thought, an also allowed and more correct translation would be “walk badly”, it is some redundancy in these expressions. Less but still ungrammatical I guess.

  8. Jon Hanford says

    Walking Martian megefauna photograph much better in monochromatic light, silly! Don’t they teach these basic ‘facts’ in grade schools today? 🙂

  9. tponeill says

    This Gorilla must not need to breathe…

  10. Andy F says

    The Sun…. it makes you proud to be British. It should be reclassified under “Comics”, rather than “Newspapers”.

  11. J. Major says

    It’s Bigfoot and Bat-Boy’s love child!

  12. Member
    IVAN3MAN says

    Maybe it’s the genetically altered ‘ape-man’ as portrayed in the movie Quatermass and the Pit!

  13. hey, speaking of conspiracies, does anyone know what happened to the Weekly World News here in the US? it’s been months since I’ve seen it on the stands, I miss it. The Sun’s got nothing on the good ol’ Weekly.

  14. Lawrence B. Crowell says

    I think Weekly World News went out of business. Too bad in a way, some of their stuff was positively hilarious. I bought a few of them, like the skelitons embracing each other with the caption about gay lovers from the Titanic, the Martian cats found by Mars rovers and so forth. The guys who worked there must have had regular 10 martini lunches.


  15. Starhunter says

    somebody had to much Irish cheer, or it rained and they couldn’t go play golf,LOL

  16. lomitus says

    All I see is what looks like…ummm…errr…a rock. Not really sure how anyone got anything else out of that one.

  17. Heavy Metal says

    Now I know where my ex-moher-in-law and her folks come from.

  18. J. Major says

    It looks like one of the Herculoids….

  19. Paul Eaton-Jones says

    He was of course the pilot of Beagle 2.

  20. JoeTO says

    The Mars Rovers are over worked, been on Mars far too long starting to Hallucinate. Or the folks at Sun newspaper are Hallucinating, Stay off cheep drugs.
    Its clearly a Bull with hairy body with funky hair.

  21. Member
    Aqua says

    Okay Gilligan.. so you saw BigFoot… What are you going to do about it?

  22. ape-spotter says

    Hi there! I have found a photo take later the same day. This one is a little clearer!


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