At any given time, NASA has shit flying all over the place; recently, one of its orbiters beamed back images of protoplanet Ceres that has researchers bugging out. “New images of Ceres from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft provide more clues about its mysterious bright spots, and also reveal a pyramid-shaped peak towering over a relatively flat landscape,” wrote the space agency on its website. The mound is believed to be about three miles high.

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Launched in 2007, the tractor trailer-sized spacecraft began orbiting the minor planet months ago at an altitude of 2,700 miles and started transmitting images of the strange glistening spots located inside a massive crater. In June, the probe captured the clearest images yet of these bright areas that are believed to be natural geologic formations. “A highly reflective material is responsible for these spots — ice and salt are leading possibilities, but scientists are considering other options too,” NASA explained.

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In 1976, the Viking 1 spacecraft snapped photos of what looked like a giant human face-shaped structure on Mars. Over two decades later the space agency published higher res images and to the dismay of space enthusiasts, said the formation was not alien-made. “Scientists figured it was just another Martian mesa…only this one had unusual shadows that made it look like an Egyptian Pharaoh,” said NASA.

(Images: NASA)