February 21, 2004 11:43
The Rectangle-Hole Rock....
Our first glimpse of this very interesting rock, originally dubbed "The Square-hole Rock" by lay anomaly hunters, and subsequently altered to the more correct descripition of the "Rectangle-hole Rock." The rock was eventually named "Sushi" by the members of the JPL MER team. Why? We don't know. The scientists at the Jet Propolsion Laboratory found the rock worthy of investigation at first, but then changed their minds. It seems the surface of the rock was too dust laden to be of any scientific value.
NOTE: The rock in the background is not 'levitating' in this image, the illusion is created with the process of stitching frames together.
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The apparent size of the rock is compared to the diameter of the rover's wheels. Since the rover wheels are approximately 10 inches in diameter, the rock in question is approximately 8 inches high. The rectangle hole is estimated to be 2 x 1.5 inches.
In this frame, the possibility of dust, or something else "pouring" out of the hole was investigated. Although it visually appears something is exiting the hole, the results are inconclusive. More data would be beneficial.
© Bryan Butcher, 2004
Context Images courtesy NASA/JPL