Mysterious balanced rock discovered on Mars

science & space
NASA’s Perseverance rover has photographed a small rock balanced precariously on top of a larger rock.

Shared last week on Facebook, the image, which was captured in Mars’ Jezero Crater, appears to show a rock the size of a bowling bowl perched atop a second, larger boulder.

The discovery has ignited some heated debate among social media users who have been attempting to work out exactly how the rock managed to end up so precariously balanced on an uninhabited planet where aeons of strong winds would surely have dislodged it by now.

The region, known as “Hogwallow Flats”, is thought to be home to rocks over 3.6 billion years old.

Of course the most likely conventional explanation is that this particular rock formation is simply the result of erosion over a long period of time, however it still remains a decidedly curious spectacle.

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