Mission News

Possible Meteorite Imaged by Opportunity Rover
07.31.09
 
Block Island in Sight This is a picture of "Block Island," an odd-shaped, dark rock, which may be a meteorite. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Block Island Close-up This is a close-up view of "Block Island." Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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The Opportunity rover has eyed an odd-shaped, dark rock, about 0.6 meters (2 feet) across on the surface of Mars, which may be a meteorite.

The team spotted the rock called “Block Island,” on July 18, 2009, in the opposite direction from which it was driving. The rover then backtracked some 250 meters (820 feet) to study it closer.

Scientists will be testing the rock with the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer to get composition measurements and to confirm if indeed it is a meteorite.
 
 
Media contact: Guy Webster/Carolina Martinez 818-354-6278/354-9382
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
guy.webster@jpl.nasa.gov / carolina.martinez@jpl.nasa.gov