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Man Sues NASA For Failing to Investigate Martian Jelly-Donut Rock

Update Date: Feb 03, 2014 08:32 AM EST
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One man is suing NASA for neglecting to investigate further regarding the recently Martian rock photographed. He has claimed that the photographed rock by NASA's Opportunity rover isn't a rock but a living thing. 

Rhawn Joseph, a neuropsychologist and author, filed a lawsuit in a California court earlier this week demanding NASA "thoroughly scientifically examine and investigate" the mystery object that seemingly appeared out of nowhere on the surface of Mars this month, reported ABCNews

Opportunity lead scientist Steve Squyres dubbed the rock as "jelly donut" which appeared white on the outside with a red center. Other NASA scientists as well admitted to the rock theory and said "unlike anything we have seen before."

Post discovery, NASA offered a drab explanation to the appearance of the object on Mars which disappeared after 12 days. 

In his filed suit, the self-labelled astrobiologist and author claimed that the rock is indeed "a putative biological organism." It could even be a "mushroom-like fungus, a composite organism consisting of colonies of lichen and cyanobacteria, and which on Earth is known as Apothecium," he speculated in the petition, according to ABCNews

In the petition, he added that it was "inexplicable, recklessly negligent, and bizarre" that NASA did not take close-up photos from a variety of angles, and hence has requested the agency to grant him "100 high-resolution photos and 24 microscopic in-focus images of the object's exterior."

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