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Mars donut!

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NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance snapped this photo of a possible meteorite on the Red Planet on June 23, 2023. This image, processed by Stuart Atkinson, is a refined view based on Perseverance’s raw image data. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/S Atkinson)

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has rolled up on a rocky donut that may have fallen from the sky.

On Friday (June 23), Perseverance snapped a photo of a big, dark stone with a hole in its center. The intriguing rock is surrounded by others of a similar hue, suggesting a common origin — one that may extend beyond Mars.

The donut rock “could be a large meteorite alongside smaller pieces,” representatives of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, California said via Twitter on Monday (June 26).

Perseverance’s raw image was spotted and processed by Stuart Atkinson, who posted a stunning view of the donut rock on Saturday (June 24).

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