Unusual rock photographed by Perseverance on Mars

Perseverance Rover Discovers Unusual Donut-Shaped Rock in Mars’ Jezero Crater

Check out this strange rock photographed by Perseverance on Mars.


The Perseverance rover discovers ann unusual rock on the surface of Mars, but don’t worry it wasn’t aliens.

We know more about Mars than we know about the ocean floor here on Earth. And our understanding of the red planet keeps on getting better and better with each new mission. Testament to that is the Perseverance rover, the newest, state-of-the-art rover doing science on Mars. Percy, as scientists have nicknamed the rover, has made many discoveries that reaffirm previous theories that Mars was once a planet that may have supported liquid water and therefore life.


Perseverance Rover Discovers Unusual Rock on Mars

The rover, which is continuing its exploration of Mars, has captured an intriguing donut-shaped rock within Jezero Crater on June 22, 2023, using its Remote Microscopic Imager (RMI). The occurrence of such unusually shaped stones is not uncommon on either Mars or Earth, often sculpted by centuries of relentless winds against rocky surfaces.

Rock Formation: The Power of Erosion and Wind

This particular rock, as speculated by NASA, might have originated when a smaller rock or group of rocks eroded near its core. The resultant cavity was subsequently expanded by the Martian wind. Another image provides a wider context of the rock’s location, showing its initial detection by the rover’s Mastcam-Z instrument from an approximate distance of 400 meters on April 15, 2023.

While the image is indeed strange, it is not the ultimate evidence of alien life, alien civilizations, or ufos on Mars. Indeed there are strange things that have been photographed on the red planet that ignite our curiosity, but most of them are nothing other than tricks of the mind, and a process called Pareidolia.


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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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