Curiosity has discovered a rock on Mars that resembles a popular emoji (photo)

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    Curiosity discovered a rock on Mars that resembles the popular emoji (photo)

    As scientists note, such boulders can help determine the geological age of Martian rocks, so it is very important to study them.

    During In its recent research, the Curiosity rover stumbled upon a very unusual boulder, writes Cnet.

    The stone in question is striking in its dimensions. It is roughly the size of the rover itself, which can be compared to a small SUV. However, the very shape and appearance of the boulder evokes mixed feelings and a flight of fantasy.

    To get a better look at the stone, writer Jason Major created a composite of three different shots of the rover and posted the photo on Twitter. Many Twitter users immediately began voicing their ideas of what the boulder resembled. Some saw him as a petrified acorn, others as poop emoji, and still others as a turtle in a sombrero. The rover team named the boulder “Ilya-Novo-Destino” after an island in Brazil.

    “Boulders like this can help us figure out the geological age of Martian rocks, so we decided it would be worth a weekend trip to this” new island “said USGS Planetary Geologist Lauren Edgar.

    Planetary geologist Aster Cowart also highlighted several views of Curiosity's outstretched robotic arm approaching the rock, and what he saw with the Mars Hand Lens Imager. This series of images from Mars shows how the Curiosity team can tweak plans on the fly to explore interesting and intriguing details along the way.

    Curiosity has been in Gale Crater since 2012. One of the main goals of the rover is to find out if microbes could once live in this region of the Red Planet.

    However, this is far from the only case when the Red Planet surprises so much with its “nature”. So, for example, the other day the Perseverance rover captured an alien object very much resembling a ball of rope or half-eaten spaghetti. As astronomers note, an unusual object appeared on the surface of Mars as a result of the landing of the rover itself.

    But a month ago, Curiosity found very unusual pointed rocks that resemble pillars. But, according to scientists, these strange formations are the result of erosion.

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