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Curiosity is supposedly protected heavily to combat any digital artifacts caused by cosmic rays.
However, I'd like to point out that the two pictures referred to in my thread last week about a similar light were deemed NOT cosmic ray hits by both NASA, and the scientist who built the NC's.
This means that these cams act exactly as our human eyes. Since particle light is NOT visible to humans, it is not visible to these cameras.
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Come on people - there's no room for logical discussion in this thread. Even with the comparison pictures that show this is from the same spot and not two different spots
So you're trying to stop any different and more intelligent sounding discussion by mocking it?
That's what people who have only the "Cosmic Ray" argument do...bad try.edit on 15-4-2014 by Arken because: (no reason given)
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But that 0.01% is a b*h, ain't it?
Yeah, an internal issue (or external energetic particle) is the likeliest answer... though light is fast and since both cameras aren't precisely synchronized... sigh...
No matter how many times Phage comes here and claims "cosmic ray"....it just isn't possible with the equipment ran on that rover.
It turns out that both cosmic rays and glinting rocks are pretty common on Mars. They've been spotted before. Such rocks have been seen in images sent by several of NASA's Mars rovers, and cosmic rays appear in images that Curiosity sends to Earth each week.
Maki said that one percent of those hundreds of weekly images might include cosmic ray-induced bright spots. But the junked-up pixels normally don't cause much of a stir.
"You'll see cosmic rays every two or three days. Certainly at least once a week," Maki said. "The reason we see so many is because Mars's atmosphere is thinner: It doesn't block as much cosmic radiation as Earth's does."
Cosmic rays are charged particles that fly through the universe in every direction all the time. Every so often they'll collide with something like a camera. One sign of a cosmic ray hit, Maki said, is the appearance of the ray in images taken by one of Curiosity's eyes but not the other.
"I'd probably lean toward cosmic rays," Maki said. "But I'd like to keep an open mind."
Interesting that cosmic ray strikes always seem to be in the general area of the horizon.
But if it were a cosmic ray strike, (we have to consider all possibilities) then yes I do believe it can go through a mountain. They go through everything, right??? Or it could have come at a more vertical angle coming down from the sky moving in front of the mountain then hitting the camera sensor. It could have come from any angle, even from behind the camera.
The main problem i guess i have with a cosmic ray strike is that there are two of these in such a short amount of time. I don't know what the odds of that would be, but I suppose it's possible there have been more that we have not noticed. Is there some reason why we don't notice these as often on photos taken from Earth? Like the consistency of atmosphere?
Maybe it is some type of geyser of water or methane with sunlight reflecting off it? Or uncut, pure slushy syrup of the same type used in the kwik-e-mart slushy machine? That stuff is not for amateurs... you really gotta be able to handle your sh#.
It looks like a flame, like the other one, it looks like the planet farted, and someone lit a lighter near it's ass at the moment of expulsion, therefore igniting said fart resulting in an impressive blast of flame shooting upward, likening mars to some college frat boy trying to impress us visitors with his best party tricks.
These are the folks, that said flight was not possible, the world was flat, and any form of communication other than shouting would never be heard beyond two blocks... of... corn stalks