Orbital images from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have confirmed that the mysterious rock that appeared near Opportunity was not ejecta from a nearby meteorite impact.


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Orbital images from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have confirmed that the mysterious rock that appeared near Opportunity was not ejecta from a nearby meteorite impact.

The scientists theorized that there was a very remote chance that a nearby impact has thrown the rock into place, but the images show nothing nearby. Moreover, if there had been an impact we probably would have seen more rocks raining down all around. The images are further confirmation that the rock was kicked up by the rover itself as it rolled along.

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  • wade

    Just my Opinion, that rock likely fell off the rover’s wheel. Or, it’s evidence of Alien Life. I am 87% Sure that it fell off the wheel, and with decreasing percentages as to Other theories as to it”s appearance in those 2 published photos.

  • PeterF

    Maybe some martian kid shot at the rover with a slingshot? or
    Hey Larry! I told you something bad was going to happen if you ate jelly doughnuts while you put that rover together!

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