Mysterious Rock Suddenly Appears In Front Of NASA Rover On Mars

There may be a perfectly reasonable explanation, but I certainly would not want to be left alone on Mars after dark. Via the Daily Mail:

A mysterious Martian rock that appeared in front of the Opportunity rover within days has left scientists scratching their heads. The rover, which landed on Mars in 2004, hasn’t moved in over a month as it waits for better weather on the red planet.

But a photo taken on Sol 3540 (January 8th, or the 3,540th Martian solar day since the Opportunity rover landed) shows a rock that wasn’t visible in previous photos taken on Sol 3536.

The discovery was revealed by Mars Exploration Rover lead scientist Steve Squyres in a keynote at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory last night.


  • Frank W

    Does that look like old pavement tiles or is that just me?

    • Mr Grim

      Depends. Do you normally look like old pavement tiles..?

  • Juan

    Oops, a glitch in the data stream, no biggy.

  • Simon Valentine

    they’re looking for the Simon Lynch of Photoshop graphical algorithms, obviously. what they need is a swift kick in the seat.

  • Mr Grim

    Martian offering to the unmoving mechanical god…?

  • BuzzCoastin

    obviously it’s Big Foot