NASA’s InSight rolls rocks on the Red Planet

NASA's Insight lander is currently drilling below the surface of Mars to find out what makes the Red Planet tick.

NASA’s InSight rolls rocks on the Red Planet. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Could this be the first stroke in a game of interplanetary golf? The rock shown here was driven about one metre (3ft) by the booster wash of NASA’s InSight lander as it touched down on the surface of Mars.

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It’s may not be the longest drive in golfing history but it’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll as a result of a craft landing on another planet.

The stone is around 5.5cm (2.2in) in diameter – about the size of a golf ball – and you can see the path it took in the trail left behind in the Martian dust.

Although it’s not been officially designated by the International Astronomical Union yet, the rock has been nicknamed the ‘Rolling Stones Rock’.

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Camera: Instrument Deployment Camera, NASA InSight

Capture date: 26 November 2018

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Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech