We can now add "spoons" to the list of crazy things people have seen on Mars.
Unlike the "alien woman" some UFO hunters got excited about last month, this "spoon" physically exists on the red planet.
According to NASA, it is called a ventifact -- a rock shaped by wind.
Ok, so it's not excess cutlery left over by a martian but it's still an interesting geological feature.
— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) September 2, 2015
In a statement, NASA explained rocks can be gradually sculpted as dust and sand impact its surface over time.
Wind-blasted surfaces can often expose the texture and colour of a rock.
So, the shiny metallic object seen in the image below is actually a rock that has a fine grain and is relatively hard.
According to NASA, these types of rocks can be "polished by the wind to form smooth surfaces"
Ventifacts are not exclusive to Mars, it is also found in Antarctica.
We're just relieved the 'spoon' is not another case of Pareidolia -- a term that describes our need to explain something not as it logically should be, but rather by what we'd like it to be.