a reply to: 0bserver1
Good question. Naturally, such a question can be asked of the reverse.
On the issue as to why I feel that this is most definitely not "case closed", there are a number of things about the object of interest that should be
1. We now have two good colour pictures of the object from multiple angles of view. This is critical in ascertaining the true shape of the object and
creation of a digital model. I have no idea if this is being worked upon, but it would be nice. Even unusual or geologically notable rocks deserve
2. Initial examination of the original picture (mars.jpl.nasa.gov...
a convex curvature to the object with hints of horizontal lines which could be image artefacts or otherwise explainable aberrations). Observers
suggested the object to be an engine, battery, rocket part, beer keg, and even a rock(!).
3. The second colour picture elicits even greater excitement for it provides a much better view of the object. Taken from a new position and providing
another angle of view we can now see that the object has at-least three rib-like protuberances under what appears to be badly damaged (crushed,
crumpled?) outer shell or casing that would at some stage appeared convex.
4. The object appears to have a lid or end piece on one side or end. Speculation as to what this could be - in both pictures it seems to be
multi-layered - includes layered rock, ventilation spaces, casing surface. Wild speculation as to alternative hypotheses is just that - wild. This is
because we do not know, even given our understanding that yes this object could be rock, and indeed should be rock given probability and reasoning
(after all, Mars is full of rocks, right).Nevertheless, the layered points of interest look unnatural and may deserve even closer attention. My own
opinion, considers that the object has been very seriously damaged, its integrity compromised, and the different structures that were used to create
it have been damaged (ribbing, casing) forced aside or torn off in a semi-nature (the layered appearance at one end), or even forced apart and now
lies away from the object.
5. The second colour image shows a small, possibly circular mark on the lower left side or end of the object. If this is a hole, then it may match
scale and appearance of a similar object seen elsewhere and noted on ATS previously.
I would like a much closer 360 degree record of the object with a full workover with the SAM instrument suite
). I would also like a look at the internal structure and makeup of the object,
both of which may require penetration of the object.
Whilst Curiosity does not seem to have the tool designed for the latter task, it may be possible to safely adapt the tools to the purpose. This is
however, in my opinion, not possible - so we will have to wait.
The object of interest lies about ten metres away on terrain that is relatively solid and flat and covered in small sharp-edged rocks. If MSL
Curiosity was to travel to within two metres of the object, some damage to its wheels is probable. That is not desirable, but given its current
position, such damage will be sustained inevitably in the next few drives.
That is all for now. Yeah, it is a damn interesting thing.
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