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A NASA spacecraft makes a strange discovery on the red planet

A NASA spacecraft makes a strange discovery on the red planet

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from: Tanya Banner

Another NASA rover is making a strange discovery on Mars. This time it’s Curiosity that finds something it doesn’t seem to belong to.

Pasadena – For many years, it was Mars Scanned by a fleet of robotic researchers. Several space probes are orbiting the Red Planet and examining it from the air, and two spacecraft from the US Space Agency are currently on Mars NASAthat are active on the surface of the planet. True to the adage “he who seeks shall find,” two NASA rovers in particular continue to discover strange things on Mars.

Often these are things that shouldn’t even exist on the Red Planet – that’s how they are on the Rover “perseverance” already one Presumably, a “frog” was filmed on Marsautomated mate “curiousity” he have Discover “Tor” on Mars – which turned out to be something else. Also one flower or coral A “floating spoon” has already been seen on Mars.

Mars probe makes a strange discovery on the surface of Mars

Now Curiosity is attracting attention with its latest discovery: The rover, which has been rolling over the surface of Mars since the summer of 2012 and closely examining rocks, has discovered something that shouldn’t even exist on Mars: a book. Of course, the current find is not a book with printed pages made of paper, but a stone in the shape of an open book – just like a frog, for example, was also a cross-shaped piece of rock.

“My team believes this unique stone is reminiscent of an open book in which the wind has moved the pages,” the Curiosity team wrote on Twitter on behalf of the rover. However, the book is only about 2.5 cm wide and is therefore a “small book,” the tweet says.

“Book” on Mars – and many other unusual discoveries

The book-shaped image of the stone was captured by Curiosity on April 15, 2023, using the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) instrument located at the end of the rover’s robotic arm. “Oddly shaped rocks are not uncommon on Mars. They often form when water seeped through cracks in a rock in the past, bringing harder minerals with it.” on your website. “After ages of sand blasting rocks with wind, the soft rocks have eroded away leaving only the harder materials.”

Red Mars.  (Icon picture)
Red Mars. (iconic image) © IMAGO / Panthermedia

The phenomenon of objects on Mars with so much regularity that don’t appear to belong to Mars has a technical term: pareidolia. The term refers to a perceptual effect whereby familiar objects are recognized in unfamiliar formations – for example shapes in clouds in the sky or a face on full moon. Especially with images of Mars, it still happens a lot today that something in an image gets interpreted, It cannot exist on Mars. (unpaid bill)