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One Strange Mars Rock

Published by Matt on Sat Nov 7, 2009 6:22 pm via: source
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Written by Nancy Atkinson

Opportunity has come upon another big rock on Mars. But what is it? Another meteorite? A big clump of ejecta from an old impact? There’s lots of other debris scattered around this area as well.

Marquette Island. Credit: NASA/JPL color by Stu Atkinson

Marquette Island. Credit: NASA/JPL color by Stu Atkinson

The rock has been named “Marquette Island,” staying with the island theme for the other meteorites Oppy has come across, and the rover may take the “opportunity” to get closer to this rock and check it out, given the sand dunes surrounding it don’t provide too much of an obstacle. So maybe next week we’ll find out what it is. But in the meantime, enjoy these color and 3-D images (see more below) of the rock via Stu Atkinson from Unmannedspaceflight.com. Check out more great looks at Marquette Island at Stu’s blog about Oppy’s travels, Road to Endeavour.

Marquette Island, from a distance. Credit: NASA/JPL, color by Stu Atkinson

Marquette Island, from a distance. Credit: NASA/JPL, color by Stu Atkinson

Oh, and rumor has it that the extrication process may have begun to free the Spirit rover. Latest images show she has moved every so slightly. More as it becomes available…

Marquette Island in 3-D. Credit: NASA/JPL, 3-D by Stu Atkinson

Marquette Island in 3-D. Credit: NASA/JPL, 3-D by Stu Atkinson

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