Opportunity discovers ‘jelly doughtnut’ rock on Mars

Opportunity discovers ‘jelly doughtnut’ rock on Mars

NASA's Opportunity meanderer on Mars snapped a photograph of a little range of ground with its surrounding Polaroid. Chance then attempted a short drive. Thirteen days after the fact, on January 8, 2014, the wanderer caught a second picture of the same range, just to recognize a shake that had not been there in the recent past.

Consistent with a NASA press discharge, NASA researchers have named the errant doughnut-measured rock "Pinnacle Island". The majority of the rock is off-white in coloration, with a profound red spot in the focal point. The rock seems to have been unstuck and flipped upside around one of Opportunity's wheels throughout the wanderer's short drive. "Apex Island" speaks to an exceptional opportunity to study the new, unweathered underside of Martian stone.

Consistent with reports, a group headed by Mars Exploration Rover Mission primary specialist Steven Squyres of Cornell University has started examining "Pinnacle Island". The dull red spot is rich in sulfur and magnesium, and holds twice to the extent that as any rock beforehand examined on Mars. Squyres published the discoveries at an occasion at the California Institute of Technology to celebrate Opportunity's tenth commemoration on Mars.

Chance was initially intended to work for a simple 90 days. A decade later, and the wanderer regardless it setting out for some, having traveled about 25 miles from its arriving site. The meanderer is starting to reveal to its age, what with a stuck front directing actuator, jerky automated arm, and challenges with its glimmer memory.

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