Endurance Mars rover photographs snake rock and boulders

NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance captured this image of a balancing boulder and snake headstone on June 12, 2022, using the Mastcam-Z camera system. (Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / ASU)

NASA’s Perseverance rover has rolled up to a strange and exciting Martian terrain.

On Sunday (June 12), the car became the size Endurance took a picture that can be confused with a still image from an “Indiana Jones” movie. To the left of the tableau, a boulder lies uncertainly on top of a gray stone slab. And to the right in the middle, a formation that looks very much like a snake’s head with an open mouth protrudes from a layered reddish butt.