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Mars mystery rock: Appears out of nowhere and looks like a big jelly donut

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A mysterious rock appeared on Mars, but it wasn't there a few weeks ago, stumping scientists today. According to The Independent on Jan. 19, scientist at NASA have never seen anything like this before an it is completely different than anything they’ve seen on Mars as of yet.

The rock is described as looking similar to a big jelly donut. What is even more bizarre is that the instruments that are analyzing this rock on the Mars Rover are shooting back data that is just as mysterious as finding the rock itself.

What the rock is made of is another confusing aspect for the NASA crew.
Lead Mars Exploration rover scientist Steve Squyres said:

“It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” he said. “It’s very high in sulphur, it’s very high in magnesium, its got twice as much manganese as we’ve ever seen in anything on Mars.

Squyres said that the two images, one that shows the land with the rock and the previous picture of the land without the rock, were taken no more than two weeks apart. The rock is described as:

“It looks white around the edge in the middle and there’s a low spot in the center that’s dark red – it looks like a jelly doughnut.”

The Mars Rover has not driven over that spot yet. Two working theories may explain how the rock popped up where it did, one is that the Rover possible churned it up and threw it there with its wheels, but again, they didn’t drive on that spot so the Rover would have had to toss it a good distance. Or it was caused by a meteor and nearby there’s a smoking hole where that meteor hit, although they don’t see one.

How did this mysterious looking rock get to where it is today? That is what the folks at NASA are actively trying to find out.

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