India's new Mars orbiter might be a surprisingly cheap and cheerful inter-planetary spacecraft, but it already seems to be upsetting the conspiracy theory community.
Because one of the first things it has found on Mars appears to be... India itself. At least, if you believe the believers who produced this natty GIF to explain the discovery.
So how do we explain this? Do we just suppose that this is just a picture of Mars and that shapes sometimes look like other shapes? Or do we assume that our Martian ancestors deliberately recreated India on Earth after the original India on Mars was destroyed?
The second one. From UFO Sightings Daily:
"There are many stories about Mars once being like Earth until it was destroyed and the few remaining inhabitants moving to Earth, so yes its possible the entire continent was copied onto Earth to recreate a new Mars...what mars once was in ancient times. Remember NASA did say this year that Mars once had oceans...then it no doubt had continents and life. "
Fortunately there's another explanation, according to UPI.com - it's rock. Discoloured rock.
Something's brewing here! pic.twitter.com/ecX1t6onXp— ISRO's Mars Orbiter (@MarsOrbiter) September 29, 2014