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Mystery Rock Appears On Mars

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Mars rockMeteorite? Rover antics? Elvis?

All of these theories are on the table when it comes to the mysterious rock that has appeared on Mars. When scientists working with the Mars Opportunity Rover compared two photos — one taken in late December and one on January 8 — they noticed the rock, which apparently appeared right in front of the rover at some point within a 12-day window.

The rover’s lead scientist, Steve Squyres, announced the finding at a 10-year anniversary event hosted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, celebrating a decade of roving on the red planet: “It’s about the size of a jelly doughnut. It was a total surprise, we were like ‘wait a second, that wasn’t there before, it can’t be right. Oh my god! It wasn’t there before!’ We were absolutely startled.”

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Curiosity Provides A Flood Of Information About Water On Mars

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The Curiosity Rover has had one hell of a ride on Mars. Unless you’ve been hiding under a Martian rock, you’ve probably heard of Curiosity’s myriad findings supporting the idea that Mars once was a wet planet. In fact, we earthlings may even owe our existence to Mars. Curiosity roves on, and as it does, it uncovers more and more information about the water that used to flow on the red planet. At the recent European Planetary Science Congress Conference, more specific details were revealed about Curiosity’s water-related finds, and about the rocks that suggest ancient Mars may have harbored primordial life.

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