Curiosity rover finds cute little rock ‘lizard’ on Mars


Curiosity rover snapped this image of a cute textured rock within Gale Crater on sol 3190 (or for Earthlings, July 27, 2021).  (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL)

It’s a lizard, it’s a cat, it’s a … whimsical Martian rock! 

The Mars Curiosity rover recently got a glimpse of this cute little rock feature in Gale Crater, where the rover has been exploring since 2012. The tiny textured arch is only about 6.5 inches (16.5 centimeters) tall, but its idiosyncratic shape had mission scientists excited.