NASA’s Curiosity rover found a hovering ‘spoon’ on Mars

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MarsspoonCuriosity’s "floating spoon" on Mars.

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By Miriam Kramer2015-09-02 23:16:26 UTC

Never mind life on Mars. Is there cutlery?

A long spoon-shaped rock appears to hover over Mars in a photo taken by the Curiosity rover. The feature was spotted by a person posting to the Unmanned Spaceflight message board run by the Planetary Society.

Of course, it isn’t actually a kitchen utensil placed carefully on a rock by some mischievous Martian. The spoon-shaped structure is likely a ventifact, "a rock shaped by wind," according to NASA.

Mars is a somewhat dead looking world now, but scientists think the red planet was once warm and wet like our own. Earlier in its mission, Curiosity discovered that its part of Mars — the Gale Crater — could have once supported microbial life.

The rover — which is about the size of a car — is now making its way up the base of a Mount Rainier-sized mountain called Mount Sharp. It is taking photos and gathering more data along the way.

The spoon-shaped ventifact is part of a group of rocky outcroppings snapped by the rover on August 30.

Naturally, a lot of things on Mars look like down-to-earth objects if you look hard and widely enough.

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