WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- NASA found a Buddha statue on Mars. They just didn't realize it. Or they did, and are just trying to cover it up by posting a picture of it on the Internet.
Either way, the truth is out, thanks to Scott C. Waring, self-proclaimed UFOlogist and writer on the website ufosightingsdaily.com.
Pulled from the archives of NASA's Curiosity rover mission, the image shows a familiar rock formation -- for Waring, too familiar to be just a rock formation.
"[It] shows a face and head turned to its right, with breasts and a plump stomach, shoulders," Waring claimed last week on a blog post. "The photo alone should be enough to convince the United Nations that intelligent life once existed on Mars, but NASA doesn't want anyone to know the truth."
Waring calls the statue a "Stunning Martian God," and lists its discovery as October 2015. But, in fact, the image was snapped by Curiosity in 2014. Waring made a similar claim about the same photo in October 2014.
Waring may have quite the imagination, but it doesn't appear to have a very good memory.
It's not the first time conspiracy theorists have seen evidence of aliens where NASA scientists simply see rock formations. As the India Times recalls, aliens, helmets, faces, and lizards have all been spotted on the Red Planet.