This long spoon-shaped rock appears to hover over Mars in a photo taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover. Of course, it isn’t actually a kitchen utensil. The spoon-shaped structure is likely a vent fact, a rock shaped by wind. It is part of a group of rocky outcroppings snapped by the rover on August 30.
Scientists think the red planet was once warm and wet like our own. Earlier in its mission, Curiosity discovered that the Gale Crater on Mars could have once supported microbial life.
The rover is about the size of a car. Now it is making the way up the base of a Mount Rainier-sized mountain called Mount Sharp. The rover is taking photos and gathering more data along the way.
Naturally, a lot of things on Mars look like down-to-earth objects if you look hard and widely enough.