Opportunity photographed the mysterious Martian hare

11.03.2004

11.03.2004


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Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity on Mars photographed a mysterious object, the nature of which scientists can not yet explain. On the first few pictures of the rover transmitted its point of landing in a Martian Meridian Planum region, clearly visible to a yellowish color, very reminiscent of the little rabbit with big ears sticking out funny.

Scientists have observed this object was first transferred to the pictures, but in the early days after the rover's landing, which were exceptionally tense, there was no time to deal with it. Later, "rabbit" has caused great interest among specialists and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena (CA), which manages the Mars rovers. More intrigue makes the fact that this "something" is clearly moving on the surface of Mars.

The analysis of images showed that it is a small object that has a length of approximately 4-5 cm Its weight is very small and it seems to be tolerated on the surface of Mars weak wind, not leaving a trace.

"Our group — said JPL senior engineer Rob Manning — believes that a strange object — a piece of soft material from our system. Say exactly what its origin, we can not, but there are several versions: cotton insulation material" Vectran " , the shell-shock of inflatable bags … and the list goes on. "

Portrait of a Martian "rabbit" has already stirred up many, and scientists must urgently look for explanations. Of course, skeptics are not satisfied with the explanation. In their view, the U.S. space agency, at best, can not find the answer, and at worst — it is a conspiracy of silence and concealment of information, ITAR-TASS reported.

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