Skip to comments.What's that? New rock in Mars rover photos baffles scientists, fans
Posted on 01/16/2014 6:44:06 PM PST by BenLurkin
Practically overnight, an unexplained piece of rock has shown up on photos from NASA's Mars rover Opportunity, according to the digital Russian TV network RT (Russia Today).
The rover hasn't moved in over a month, as it waits for better weather, but a photo taken on Sol 3540 (Jan. 8, or the 3,540th Martian solar day since the Opportunity rover landed) shows a rock that wasn't visible in previous photos taken on Sol 3536.
Staffers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California who maintain the rover camera (pancam) database for NASA have named the rock Pinnacle Island.
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Near miss meteor?
Now that I see the pic I’m thinking more along the lines of windblown pumice or something.
If you guys don’t know the Appian Way by now, ...
They were looking for bacteria- maybe it’s the rock of phages...
Looks like it’s in both photos to me.
Wall-E brought it a gift?
Are the cart ruts 4 foot 8-1/2 inches apart?
Windblown pumice would be extremely unlikely. The atmospheric pressure is so low on Mars there wouldn’t be enough PSI to move a rock, I should think. But I am not sure.
The atmosphere of Mars is too thin to blow things around (except the finest dust.) This stone could be a piece of a meteoroid, or something that said meteoroid struck somewhere nearby. There are many craters on Mars, since the atmosphere cannot burn the incoming rocks as it does on Earth.
Geez, these guys never seen a crawdad hole before.
LOL first thing I thought, and laughed at post of Kirk & Alien.
You should be punished.
“Looks like its in both photos to me”
Yes it does, if those are supposed to be the 4 day apart photos.
Relax! It’s just a candy wrapper.
Are those before & after photos?
That rock is present in both photos.
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