NASA Mars rovers continue to amaze us with their discoveries on the Red Planet. Recently the Mars Perseverance rover made an unusual find – a donut-shaped rock. This rock looks somewhat unnatural against the background of the Martian landscape, and there was a hypothesis that it may not be from Mars.
According to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI), this rock may be a “large meteorite along with smaller fragments. Mars, as the closest planet in the solar system to the asteroid belt, is regularly subject to rock falls from the sky. Due to Mars’ thin atmosphere, these rocks often pass through it and fall to the surface without significant destruction. NASA has even recorded the sound of a meteoroid hitting the planet.
However, more research is needed to determine the exact origin of this doughnut rock. It may be a rock that has weathered in an unusual way. Mars rovers have found meteorites and potential meteorites on Mars before, but the presence of an alien rock on an alien planet would be truly amazing.
Interestingly, this is not the first time NASA rovers have found unusual shapes on the surface of Mars. In 2014, a small doughnut-shaped rock appeared in front of the Opportunity rover. NASA determined that this rock was likely dislodged from the rover’s wheel, ruling out the possibility of Martian Homer Simpson.
Nevertheless, finds of similar rocks on Mars continue to arouse the interest and excitement of scientists. They are evidence of activity and dynamics on this planet. Each new discovery expands our knowledge of Mars and its history.
NASA Mars rovers will continue to explore Mars and may in the future be able to provide more accurate answers to questions about the origin of these unusual rocks. In the meantime, we can only admire their findings and wait for more amazing discoveries on the Red Planet.