if you’re a night owl or early riser, watch for Mars and Saturn in the morning sky in January 2014. Mars shines in front of the constellation Virgo the Maiden, rising in the east around midnight local time on New Year’s Eve, and coming up around 11 p.m. local time at the month’s end. Throughout January 2014, Mars reaches its highest point for the night just before dawn.

Last week the Rover, which has been sending back photos for 9 years sent the following two  photographs of the same spot a few days apart:

 

The picture on the left shows just the land. The picture on the right shows a small doughnut shaped object. The most likely explanation is that the Rover kicked up the unusual rock but then again who knows. When I was a kid, long before closeup pictures of Mars were thought of, it was believed that Mars , being our closest neighbor, might have supported  life at one time. Is it possible that 200 million years ago the last thing to exist on the Red Planet was the remains of a jelly doughnut? I think not, but who knows?

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