Steve Martin, 56, is convinced he has spotted a penguin lurking behind a rock on the planet 54.6 million kilometers away from Earth. The keen myth-buster from Kent had been trailing through years of footage provided by the space agency and first thought it he had found an “extra-terrestrial” being. However on closer inspection it appears to be the head of the famous black-and-white flightless bird peaking out from behind a giant rock, millions of miles away from its habitual home.
Mr Martin told The Sun: “I’ve always thought there was life on Mars and now I think I might have proved it.
“I have spent hours looking at Nasa images but I never thought I would find a penguin.
“I don’t know how it got up there but I hope Nasa carefully study the picture and can work out how and why.”
The bizarre images were shot by NASA’s curiosity rover which has been taking photos of the red planet since 2004.
The robotic camera has traveled more than 28 miles around the second-smallest planet in the Solar System providing more than 224,000 snaps.
However Mr Martin is sure this may not be his only discovery to date and is confident “the universe is chock-full of life”.
He added: “I’ve sent five or six other pictures to an image analyst who appeared on the TV show, NASA: The Unexplained Files. They have been taking a look.”
Meanwhile the 56-year-old reckons humanity is safe for the meantime, he joked: “Unless Martian Pingu is readying a fleet of battleships — I think we’re safe.”
This follows a remarkable week for scientific breakthroughs, after astronomers released the first-ever image of a black hole located in a distant galaxy 500 million trillion km away from earth.
The discovery of the object measures 40 billion km across and is three million times the size of the Earth, and goes a long way to proving Albert Einsteins theory of general relativity.