September 24, 2022
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NASA Rover Spots Kooky ‘Cat Loaf Rock’ on Mars

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This story is part of Welcome to Mars, our series exploring the red planet.

Cat aficionados know one of many cutest feline chill-out positions is the loaf. The loaf is when a cat has its legs tucked underneath it, tail hidden away, like a loaf of bread with a head. So it is with nice delight I introduce you to what I am calling “cat loaf rock” on Mars. 

NASA’s Perseverance rover snapped the rock in Jezero Crater on Sept. 8 utilizing one among its mast-mounted cameras. NASA places the rover’s uncooked photos on-line for perusal and this one was chosen by Mars followers as a picture of the week worthy of particular observe. 

The angle of the picture mixed with the best way the shadows fall spotlight two pointy ear-like options on the rock’s “head” and a protracted, loaf-like “physique.” At one other angle or one other time of day, this might need regarded like all outdated lumpy Martian rock, however as a substitute it seems like a chubby-cheeked Persian cat having a quiet second. 

The phenomenon of pareidolia (the human tendency to identify acquainted objects in random shapes) runs rampant relating to Martian rocks. Perseverance landed in early 2021, however has already noticed its share of goofy formations, from a butt crack to a reclining “alien figure.”

At the least the cat rock could have one thing to snack on. The Curiosity rover as soon as snapped a fish-shaped rock. These rocks are simply enjoyable shapes for our imaginations to play with. We have now but to search out proof of life, historic or present, on the purple planet. So any cats on Mars must journey to get there. Figuring out cats, they’d a lot reasonably hang around on Earth.

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