Did an ancient nuclear war kill life on Mars? Conspiracy theorists claim to see a ‘mushroom cloud’ on the red planet

  • The image shows a zoomed in section of Valles Marineris canyon
  • UFOvni Disclosure has created video showing the ‘cloud of smoke’
  • It claims it could be a nuclear explosion or extra-terrestrial methane
  • The site suggests Nasa cut off the live feed showing the explosion 
  • Scientists say it is an illusion caused by the angle of crater and trench
  • Last year, physicist Dr John Brandenburg said he believed Martians known as Cydonians and Utopians were massacred in the nuclear attack 

A striking image that allegedly shows a mushroom cloud rising on Mars has been pounced on by conspiracy theorists.

Alien forums say the image is ‘evidence’ that a civilisation may have been wiped off the Martian surface as a result of nuclear war.

The satellite image shows a zoomed in section of Valles Marineris, a 2,500-mile (4,000km) long canyon on Mars, which was captured by the Indian Space Research Organisation.

French Youtube channel UFOvni Disclosure has created a short film showing the ‘cloud of smoke’ which it claims could be either a nuclear explosion or extra-terrestrial methane.

‘India’s Mars orbiter captured something strange in the gigantic Valles Marineris Canyon of Mars,’ the video says.

Did an ancient nuclear war kill life on Mars? Conspiracy theorists claim to see a ‘mushroom cloud’ on the red planet