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09/25/2014 11:40 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

'Traffic Light' On Mars Spotted In NASA Curiosity Rover Photo

Conspiracy theorists have gotten the green light to chatter about another strange object on the Red Planet. This time it's not a Mars rat or a jelly doughnut that's been spotted in a photo taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, but a "traffic signal."

The extraterrestrial "signal" was spotted by a British UFO enthusiast named Joseph White. Curiosity snapped the photo at 1:08 a.m. EDT on sol 753 (Sept. 19). You can see the original here.

mars traffic light

"I have been following the images from NASA since the start and I flick through them on the NASA website every day," White said, according to the Western Daily Press. "I saw this one and I thought 'Hang on, that looks a bit strange.'"

While White said he believes what he spotted is "clearly intelligently designed," as he wrote on his latest video on the Youtube Channel ArtAlienTV-Mars Zoo, the formation is most likely just a rock.

Earlier this week, blogger Paul Scott Anderson noticed a weird "ball" on Mars. But NASA scientists said this was just a spherical rock likely formed by concretion, a process by which minerals harden and get compacted, according to Discovery News.

Other odd-looking objects seen in photos from Mars include an iguana, a finger, a skull, and a thigh bone.

But they're all just rocks.

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