Adam Withnall
Independent.co.uk
January 19, 2014

Images captured by Opportunity show the mysterious rock 'appeared' on an outcrop that had been empty just 12 Martian days ('Sols') earlier
Images captured by Opportunity show the mysterious rock ‘appeared’ on an outcrop that had been empty just 12 Martian days (‘Sols’) earlier

A mysterious rock which appeared in front of the Opportunity rover is “like nothing we’ve ever seen before”, according to Mars exploration scientists at Nasa.

Experts said they were “completely confused” by both the origins and makeup of the object, which is currently being investigated by Opportunity’s various measuring instruments.

[…] “It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” [lead Mars Exploration rover scientist Steve Squyres] said. “It’s very high in sulphur, it’s very high in magnesium, it’s got twice as much manganese as we’ve ever seen in anything on Mars.

“I don’t know what any of this means. We’re completely confused, and everyone in the team is arguing and fighting (over what it means).

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