Everything that NASA’s Curiosity rover sends home from the red planet is equal parts thrilling and terrifying. When the sly angel David Bowie descended upon Earth to ask us, “Is there life on Mars?” (which, sure, was a metaphor, anyway), no one had the response of, “Oh yeah, there’s totally ghost women.”
And yet here we are.
But while the image of a Brontë sister just wistfully floating around is for sure the most troubling image, all of Curiosity’s photos are technically unnerving, since it means we’re getting way more than we bargained for, if even a single photo-conspiracy theory proves to be right.
Because it means extraterrestrials, and for every E.T., there’s an Alien. For every Avatar, there’s a Predator. And if you want to be honest, for every Close Encounters of the Third Kind or The Day The Earth Stood Still, there’s a Signs, Mars Attacks!, Species, War of the Worlds, Independence Day, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Prometheus, The Thing, Skyline, Battle: Los Angeles, They Live, Fire In The Sky, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, and oh man let’s just blow up Mars—nuke the whole thing into another dimension and then send that dimension into the Phantom Zone; I’m not putting up with this.
We just wanted to know what the rocks were like and if there was ice, but now we may be seeing pictures of things we didn’t even remotely guess were on the table of outer space—things like squirrels…
…AND HUMAN SKULLS; WHY HUMAN SKULLS.
If you’re in the mood for more photos that’ll make your day and ruin your bedtime, check out the full spread at CNN.