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Lumpy Mars Rock or Loaf of Bread With a Cat Head? You Determine


This story is a part of Welcome to Mars, our collection exploring the crimson planet.

NASA, cats and Mars. Three of my favourite issues have come collectively in a single amusing picture beamed again from the crimson planet. So it is with nice delight I introduce you to what I am calling “cat loaf rock” on Mars. 

Cat lovers know one of many cutest feline chill-out positions is the loaf. That is when a cat has its legs tucked below it, tail hidden away, like a loaf of bread with a head. NASA’s Perseverance rover snapped the rock in Jezero Crater on Sept. 8 utilizing considered one of its mast-mounted cameras. NASA places the rover’s uncooked photos on-line for perusal and this one was chosen by Mars followers as a picture of the week worthy of particular word. 

The angle of the photograph mixed with the way in which the shadows fall spotlight two pointy ear-like options on the rock’s “head” and a protracted, loaf-like “physique.” At one other angle or one other time of day, this might need seemed like every previous lumpy Martian rock, however as a substitute it seems like a chubby-cheeked Persian cat having a quiet second. 

If this have been an actual cat, then we would have a proof for a curious thread-like piece of particles that not too long ago received caught within the rover’s rock-sampling tools. NASA investigated the particles and cleared the rover to proceed touring in August.

The phenomenon of pareidolia (the human tendency to identify acquainted objects in random shapes) runs rampant in terms of Martian rocks. Perseverance landed in early 2021, however has already noticed its share of goofy formations, from a butt crack to a reclining “alien determine.”

At the least the cat rock may have one thing to snack on. The Curiosity rover as soon as snapped a fish-shaped rock. These rocks are simply enjoyable shapes for our imaginations to play with. We’ve got but to seek out proof of life, historical or present, on the crimson planet. So any cats on Mars must journey to get there. Figuring out cats, they’d a lot somewhat hang around on Earth.

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