Friday, June 30, 2023

SETI Institute: NASA rover discovers strange donut-shaped rock on Mars

 During its exploration of Mars' Jezero Crater, NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover came across this bizarre rock in the shape of a donut.

In the United States, National Donut Day is observed on June 2, but Mars seems to observe it on June 23. That's when NASA's Perseverance Rover captured a picture of a strange rock on Mars with a hole in the middle that looks like a doughnut.

The SETI Organization tweeted on Monday that the stone in the picture could be a huge shooting star encompassed by numerous more modest pieces. According to the institute, the image was taken on June 23 with the SuperCam Remote Micro-Imager from Perseverance.

Since its arrival on the red planet in 2021, the Perseverance Rover has identified multiple potential meteorite candidates, so this explanation is not out of the question. Additionally, this is not the first occasion that a spacecraft or rover has discovered the planet's bizarrely shaped rocks and other features.

Utilizing the Mars Surveillance Orbiter, stargazers found a construction in the world looking like a bear's face, as per The Free. The "eyes of the bear" were two craters in a rock formation that formed the structure. and a snout-shaped, collapsed hill in the shape of a V.

The Curiosity Rover had discovered an iron-nickel meteorite in February of this year, which was later given the name "Cacao." The meteorite has a diameter of about 30 centimeters.

Determination is as of now investigating the 45 vast Jezero Pit, which lies at the western edge on a level plain called Isisi Planitia, which is only north of the planet's equator. Curiosity's Gale Crater landing site is approximately 3,700 kilometers away from Perseverance's.

Researchers are of the assessment that the Jezero Pit was once loaded up with water and was home to an old stream delta. More than 3.5 a long time back, stream channels could have spilt over the hole wall to make a lake. As per NASA, researchers see proof that water conveyed dirt minerals from the encompassing region into the pit lake.

But Perseverance isn't the only one in the crater. The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is also there, taking brief flights around the planet to look for clues that will reveal more about the planet to scientists.

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