The Martian dust has barely had time to settle after the landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover, and already the robotic vehicle has inadvertently generated multiple conspiracy theories and hoaxes. The latest is a fabricated photo of two suns setting on Mars.
As a member of the same solar system as Earth, Mars, of course, orbits a single sun. Nonetheless, the double sunset image, which was supposedly captured in the past few days by the Curiosity rover, has spread around the Web and is causing confusion about just what it could be showing.
If the two suns look oddly familiar, you might be a “Star Wars” fan. Turns out, the image is a photo of an actual Martian sunset taken by NASA’s Spirit rover in 2005 overlain with the double sunset that appears on the planet Tatooine in the film “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” (LucasFilm, 1977).
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- Get new Mars Curiosity Rover photos in your inbox (howto.cnet.com)
- Mystery over Mars rover Curiosity’s photo appears solved (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- Mars Rover Landing Prelude: ‘Martian Triangle’ Visible in Night Sky (space.com)
- Full Panorama of Mars from Curiosity Rover (geeksaresexy.net)
- Curiosity beams back postcards of new Martian crater home (slashgear.com)
- No, that’s not a picture of a double sunset on Mars (blogs.discovermagazine.com)
- Curiosity Rover Takes A Really Adorable Picture Of Itself (businessinsider.com)