PASADENA, Calif. (CBS Tampa) – A self-described scientist is suing NASA…because it failed to investigate a possible lifeform on Mars.
The lawsuit stems from a rock recently discovered by the Mars Opportunity rover, reports Popular Science.
The rock caught the world’s attention because it seemingly appeared in front of the rover’s camera from out of nowhere.
The rover was taking images of the ground, in one picture it was normal, well, normal for Mars…but in the very next picture an unusual rock was neatly framed in the center, as though it blinked into existence.
NASA experts speculated that the rock was probably kicked into the rover’s path by one of its own wheels.
The lawsuit, filed by Rhawn Joseph, urges NASA to “perform a public, scientific, and statutory duty which is to closely photograph and thoroughly scientifically examine and investigate a putative biological organism.”
Joseph, who has written books about alien life, says his examination of the rock photos suggests the rock was really a plant of some sort that germinated quickly.
He is also demanding NASA release to him all high-definition photos of the rock in question that it has in its possession.
“The refusal to take close up photos from various angles, the refusal to take microscopicimages of the specimen, the refusal to release high resolution photos, is inexplicable, recklessly negligent, and bizarre,” according to the suit.
NASA remains committed to the idea that the rock is just a rock.
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