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NASA’s Perseverance rover is on Mars to do some serious science, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun with some of the strangest rocks the Wheeled Explorer has spotted since landing in February.
There is a long history with Mars and pareidolia – the human tendency to see familiar objects in random forms. Once i spent hours, just for fun. Space fans have seen with imagination .
With a few flights of whimsy and a willingness to be silly, you can find all kinds of fun shapes littering the floor of Jezero Crater. Here are some of the best to date.
Software engineer Kevin gill, a “data wrangler at NASA-JPL”, has a long history of processing images of Mars for the enjoyment of space fans. He spotted an elegant rock broken by the rover on April 15.
“Awww, looks like NASA Perseverance found a tiny fossilized brachiosaurus on Mars,” Gill tweeted.
The small stone featured a long “neck”, a tiny “head” and a large body that made it look like the famous dinosaur munching on vegetation. To me, this unusual rock sounds like No-Face from Studio Ghibli’s film Spirited Away.
Space writer Jason Major noticed a rump rock in the distance in a February rover image. “Persistence probably won’t bother studying it, but hopefully someone will classify this one as ‘butt rock’,” Major tweeted brazenly.
Perseverance took a clearer look at “butt rock” a month later. And it still looks a bit like a butt.
Just like we’ve seen all kinds of, maybe the behind-shaped stones will become hot targets for Perseverance’s cameras.
The very famous first rock of the mission dates back to the end of March, when theThe researchers speculated that it could be a meteorite or a piece of weathered bedrock.
With previous NASA rovers as a model, we can expect more fun, intriguing, and downright fun photos of Martian rocks as Perseverance makes its way through the crater.
With other rovers having already spotted a spoon, a, a fruit and a “ , “We could use a few food items and additional table arrangements to make a full meal of pareidolia.
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