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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.
— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) September 2, 2015
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.
There lots of cool things hidden on Mars if you just look closely! http://pic.twitter.com/WFKHVwhvQt
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) September 2, 2015
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