A step toward understanding what they are involves the rover leaving the small crater in which it is now exploring. "Get a good long safe distance away…then see if we see any more of them," Squyres said.
But, the article says that they want the rover to leave to see if there are actually more like these out of the radius of the landing itself.
Originally posted by Cutwolf
That seems like a lapse in logic to me...why not stop for a day or two, examine the thing, and determine what it is before leaving?
How do they know they didn't happen to get lucky and land in one of the few spots on mars containing visible life?
[Edited on 20-2-2004 by Cutwolf]