@KyleMorgenstein You owe it to the scientific community to lick this rock from Mars. The results could be enormous.
— 🦈 Mr. Selachidon 🦈 (@🦈 Mr. Selachidon 🦈)
Morgenstein has a degree in aerospace engineering from MIT and seems to really enjoy tweeting about all things outer space. The space rock that he took a photo of is actually a part of a meteorite.
All Mars missions such as NASA’s Opportunity rover have been one-way trips, with no way to return home with physical samples. Despite this, plenty of Martian meteorites have made their way back to planet Earth, giving scientists things to study from. Or, in this particular case, something to lick.
Morgenstein’s space rock is a meteorite lab sample rather than a fresh rock plug directly from the Martian surface itself. So, it probably doesn’t make for the most flavorful experience.
Mika McKinnon, a geophysicist, and public speaker gauges that the Martian surface might taste “bland with a hint of bloody seawater” due to Iron-rich minerals, percolates, and basalt. However, we’ll have to wait another decade to really uncover the secret when NASA’s first return mission from Mars is due to come back to Earth.
FAQ: What does Mars taste like?
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