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In the sequence of raw images taken by the NASA/JPL/Caltech Curiosity Rover at Teal Ridge in Gale Crater on Mars on June 16, 2019, the odd light or bright, white pixels in the odd shape, do not appear on any other Curiosity images that day taken about 13 seconds apart. So if it is an unidentified flying object in the Martian sky, it moved quickly.

NASA scientists did not provide any definite answer about the source of the white anomaly, but JPL’s Curiosity Rover technicians offered that cosmic rays or sunlight glinting from rocks might have interfered with Curiosity’s image. Doug Ellison, NASA Curiosity technician said, “cosmic ray particles accelerated to near the speed of light can shoot into our solar system and can hit the Curiosity rover camera images leaving a bright spot.”

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