Last month, Mars rover Opportunity found a Jelly Doughnut shaped mysterious rock on the red planet. But ever since a self-described scientist filed a lawsuit against NASA, alleging that the agency didn’t pay any importance to that rock and failed to “investigate alien life”, people started pointing at NASA, requesting the agency to investigate ‘Jelly Doughnut’ rock on Mars. And lately it’s been reported that Star Trek actor William Shatner has joined growing calls for NASA to investigate that bizarre ‘Jelly Doughnut’ shaped rock on the Martian surface.
On December 26, 2013, Opportunity was at the “Murray Ridge.” However, on December 26, Opportunity snapped some pictures surrounding that area. The above picture (left image) tells that there was nothing except the Martian soil. But interestingly, 13 days later – meaning on January 8, 2014, Opportunity discovered a jelly doughnut shaped mysterious rock at the same place (right image) after it had finished a short drive.
Many people assumed that an alien might have placed the rock there, but NASA simply said that Opportunity might have knocked the rock out of the ground, but it didn’t notice then, noticed later. Such an explanation of NASA poked self-described scientist Rhawn Joseph and he filed a lawsuit against NASA, mentioning that the agency was failed “to investigate alien life.”
In short time, this allegation upon NASA stirred the entire world. And seems like it even stirred Star Trek actor William Shanter. During a press conference, Shatner asked NASA mission controllers via Twitter about the strange Mars rock found by Opportunity. Shatner asked the mission controllers if they had “ruled out the Martian rock throwers.”
Steve Squyres, lead scientist of Mars rover from Cornell University responded, saying, “I think Martian rock throwers are unlikely, though we’ll keep our eyes open for those. We did actually have another scenario which we’re still thinking about. It’s the ‘smoking hole in the ground hypothesis’ as I’ve called it. We cannot yet rule out the possibility with certainty that there wasn’t a freshly formed impact crater nearby, and that this is a piece of stuff that was thrown out by a small impact. We’ve taken pictures of both the doughnut and jelly parts, and the got the first data on the composition of the jelly yesterday. It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before. It’s very high in sulphur, it’s very high in magnesium, it’s got twice as much manganese as we’ve ever seen in anything on Mars. I don’t know what any of this means. We’re completely confused, and everyone in the team is arguing and fighting (over what it means).”
Courtesy: Daily Mail