Mars Doughnut

So the Mars rover drivers are apparently slightly perplexed over a bizarre rock which seems to have appeared on the surface of our planet’s little brother.

mars-doughnut

This funny-looking white rock has been likened to a jelly doughnut by the folks at NASA. Personally, I don’t really see it, but maybe I don’t eat enough doughnuts. In any case, where this rock came from exactly is still something of a puzzle. It seems to have appeared in that spot sometime between December 26th and January 8th. The most likely explanation (put forward by Steve Squyres, Curiosity mission lead scientist) is that the rock must’ve been kicked up by one of the rover’s wheels.

It gets more interesting with the finding that this rock is seemingly unlike any of the others examined so far on Mars, containing a lot more Magnesium and Sulfur than the others around it. Curiouser and curiouser…

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

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One Response to Mars Doughnut

  1. dan dubs says:

    That long rock took a jell.

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