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Rock Mysteriously Appears in Front of Mars Rover

After a decade of exploring the Martian surface, the scientists overseeing veteran rover Opportunity thought they’d seen it all. That was until a rock mysteriously “appeared” a few feet in front of the six wheeled rover a few days ago.

News of the errant rock was announced by NASA Mars Exploration Rover lead scientist Steve Squyres of Cornell University at a special NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory “10 years of roving Mars” event at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday night. The science star-studded public event was held in celebration of the decade since twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity landed on the Red Planet in January 2004.

Source: Discovery News. Read full article. (link)

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  • Live Free or Diet||

    My kid probably left it there.

  • SweatingGin||

    Is his name Michael Valentine Smith?

  • The Knarf Yenrab||

    I grokked that!

  • Live Free or Diet||

    She's a member in good standing of the Church of All Worlds.

    And she leaves junk laying around everywhere.

  • BuSab Agent||

    Lucky it wasn't a Lego. If it affected the rover like Legos affect vacuum cleaners, that would be the end of the rover.

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  • Aresen||

    And there are no tigers within 30 million miles of that rock.

  • Bee Tagger||

    Could the rover smell what it was cooking?

  • TheSpiteHouse||

    Very, very nice. Somehow it took me 10 seconds to get this, even though it was definitely about the most electrifying discovery in space exploration.

  • TheSpiteHouse||

    So the hypothesis is that the rover flipped the rock while turning. Suuuuuurrre