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Man sues NASA demanding it investigate Martian ‘jelly donut’ rock

California man Rhawn Joseph has filed suit against the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), demanding the agency further investigate a Martian rock photographed by the Opportunity rover, arguing it may be a living thing, according to a Feb. 2, 2014 ABC News report.

California man Rhawn Joseph is suing NASA demanding the agency investigate a mysterious item it calls a 'jelly donut' looking rock, which Joseph believes could be a living organism.
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The rock, called the “jelly donut” because it is white on the outside with a red center, is a mystery to NASA scientists who say the object is “unlike anything” they have ever seen before – despite noting it is definitely a rock, reports ABC.

The rock was nowhere to be seen in photos taken at the end of Dec. 2013, but on Jan. 8, the “jelly donut” seemingly appeared out of nowhere.

NASA explained this away with a number of scenarios, one of them being that it was kicked up by the Opportunity’s tires and then fell into view, ABC reports.

Joseph, a neuropsychologist and author, believes NASA has not examined or investigated the item fully and rather than a rock, he theorizes the “jelly donut” is “a putative biological organism,” according to the suit.

Thus, he argues the item did not move into Opportunity’s view, but grew in the location it is seen.

According to ABC, NASA stated it cannot comment on the legal matter, but is doing further research to determine the composition of the rock.

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