The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity found a nice surprise on its travels not so long ago, an enormous meteorite dubbed Block Island. The robot stopped its journey across the Martian landscape to have a closer look at this beast and confirm its origins. Then the rover set off again to its distance destination at the leisurely pace rovers travel at. Seven hundred metres down the line, what should appear but another big block of material, also a potential meteorite.
Dubbed Shelter Island, this new find presents another go to do some science on the material constantly raining down on the red planet. But as the rover’s only just arrived, there are no conclusions, just nice pictures, such as the 3D ones created and presented by Stuart Atkinson and also shown off by another Atkinson of no relation.