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Mysterious Interstellar Rock

Fragments of the Hypatia stone, which has been found to predate the formation of the Solar...
Fragments of the Hypatia stone, which has been found to predate the formation of the Solar System or have interstellar origins(Credit: Dr Mario di Martino, INAF Osservatorio Astrofysico di Torino)

In 1996, scientists discovered what may be the strangest stone ever found, in an equally strange section of the Sahara desert that’s littered with unique yellow glass. Nicknamed the Hypatia stone, the relic was later found to be extraterrestrial in origin, but was unlike any known kind of meteorite or comet. A new study has deepened the mystery even further, finding that Hypatia could predate the formation of the Solar System, or have interstellar origins. read more

Scientists Stunned Over Latest Mars Mystery

Though the couple billion-dollar Curiosity rover seems to get all the attention on the red planet these days, it’s one of the veteran rovers on Mars that captured an event that is stunning scientists and space fans alike.

The crux of the issue surrounds these photos snapped by the rover Opportunity on two different missions.

sol3528 and sol3540

The image on the left was taken on the SOL3528 mission while the photo on the right, showing the new rock, was taken of the same area in the SOL3540 mission. (Images: NASA/JPL-CALTECH)

The rock perched on the ground in the right photo in the side-by-side comparison was not there before. read more