A UFO expert claimed to have spotted a gigantic statue of an alien creature on Mercury in one of the photos taken by NASA’s Mariner 10 mission. According to the expert, the area where the statue is located may have been used as a temple by aliens.

The latest claim regarding an alien artifact on Mercury was made by Scott Waring of the UFO-focused blog ET Data Base. Waring came across the image through the Photojournal website of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

According to details of the photo, it was taken during the Mariner 10 mission, a robotic space probe that was launched by NASA in 1973. The main objective of the mission was to fly over Mercury and Venus and take photos of the planets from orbit.

The photo that Waring referenced in his latest blog post and YouTube video was taken by the Mariner 10 spacecraft during its visits to Mercury between 1974 and 1975. It was added to NASA’s gallery in 2000.

The alleged alien statue that Waring saw is located in an area in Mercury known as the Terraced Craters. The object can be seen in the center of the biggest crater in the photo, which according to NASA has an estimated diameter of about 61 miles.

Based on the size of the crater, Waring speculated that the statue could be about 6 miles wide with a height of around 12 to 18 miles. Using photo-editing software, Waring was able to enhance certain features of the object.

Waring noted that the object had distinct features such as carvings for eyes, ears, legs and a tail. He said the object looked like a giant statue of a creature that resembles a cat standing on its hind legs.

Based on the appearance of the object, Waring speculated that it could be a massive statue of an ancient god or deity that the aliens in Mercury worshiped or honored. The UFO expert also noted that the crater or surrounding area around the statue may have been used by the alien beings as an area that’s similar to a temple.

Terraced Craters
This crater (98 km diameter) illustrates the narrow hummocky rim facies, radial ridges, and surrounding extensive field of secondary craters. The well-developed interior terraces and central peaks are typical for mercurian craters in this size range. Note that the smaller craters in the foreground (25-km diameter) also are terraced. This image (FDS 80) was taken during the spacecraft's first encounter with Mercury.The Mariner 10 mission, managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA's Office of Space Science, explored Venus in February 1974 on the way to three encounters with Mercury-in March and September 1974 and in March 1975. The spacecraft took more than 7,000 photos of Mercury, Venus, the Earth and the Moon. NASA/JPL/Northwestern University