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New NASA Images Of 'Spiders' Found On The Surface Of Mars Are Truly Creepy

By Vanessa Nix Anthony

Was David Bowie a master of space prognostication or is NASA just trolling us all? 

Well, as it turns out, neither.

NASA's newly obtained Mars images have nothing to do with David Bowie's stellar album Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and, thankfully, they also have nothing to do with real living space spiders either.

According to CNET, the now buzzed-about image acquired by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) appears to show "dark formations, more technically known as araneiforms, spreading out against a lighter background." NASA says they're "characterized by multiple channels converging at a point, resembling a spider's long legs."

CNET explained:

The team for the HiRise camera, run out of the University of Arizona, highlighted the MRO image on Twitter this week along with a shout-out to Planet Four, a citizen science project helping scientists identify features on Mars to study in more detail.  . .The HiRise team verified some of Planet Four's findings by spotting these spiders, which it describes as 'features with radial troughs from which fans emanate in the springtime.'