An image taken on Mars of a mysterious shape has inspired wild theories as to what it could be.
NASA's Curiosity Rover sent back to Earth a snap of something on the Red Planet which has been described by Twitter users as looking like an alien sex toy or a shoehorn.
The multi-faceted robot was launched on November 26, 2011, before landing a year later to explore the Gale crater and gather data for the agency's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission.
Its most recent image taken from Mars' surface on February 13 has fuelled speculation from very imaginative space fans.
The Rover's Mastcam snapped what appears to be a smooth, clay-like object shaped by sharp edges but NASA is yet to confirm what it actually was.
Someone asked on Twitter: "This image was taken by Mastcam onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 3385 (2022-02-13 02:37:27 UTC). What can it be??
The responses did not disappoint with one person suggesting it was a cheeky bedroom device belonging to an extra-terrestrial.
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They wrote: "Alien Sex Toy."
Others suggested it was evidence of an otherworldly life form in itself.
"Personally I see a tadpole on Mars," was one perception.
Another Twitter user simply commented: "A creature," followed by an alien and thinking emoji.
They were not all the wild theories shared to make sense of the mysterious object.
One person had fun offering two of their own ideas, asking: "Is it a wind sculpture or is it an alien shoe? Dun, dun, dunnnnnn!"
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The Mast Camera onboard the Curiosity Rover has the ability to take photos in colour, three-dimensional stereo images, and colour video footage of the Martian terrain thanks to a powerful zoom lens.
It is one of 17 cameras built into the mobile machine with some used to navigate and others specifically designed for science investigations with their application-specific sets of optics.
Since landing on Mars' 96-mile-wide Gale Crater in August 2012, Curiosity has been on a mission to determine if Mars has ever been able to support life.
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