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Picture of a rat on Mars stirs controversy

A recent image that has been making its round across internet sites like Reddit, Delicious, Digg, and Stumble Upon is creating a heated debate on the web. The image (pictured below) appears to be a rat on the surface of mars in a picture captured by Nasa’s curiosity rover.

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Internet bloggers and people from various parts of the world have come up with their own reasoning for the rat on mars. One the popular conspiracy theories is that NASA is running secret animal experiments on mars and one of the animals has escaped. Cory S. with Discover Blogs had a great response to this theory, “If scientists want to know how animals react to thin air and cold temperatures, they could easily do that experiment in the lab and save a billion dollars. Like most conspiracy theories, the fun of it lies entirely on the idea that somebody has a secret. Logic is not required.”
So what do you think? How did this rat end up on mars? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below!