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originally posted by: dogstar23
a reply to: kuraijanai2013
Below is a link to the Mars/JPL/NASA site with the image. Image was captured on Oct. 11th, 2012 (just 2 months and 10 days before the world ended.) It doesn't look as if they've published any extensive science behind their findings, but believe it to possibly be debris from the landing.
As for plastic bags - it's funny that everyone started switching to them to "save the trees", and now realize how much worse they are than paper bags. In fact, in Chicago proper you can't even get plastic bags anymore. I prefer paper anyhow.
It is about half an inch (1.3 centimeters) long. The rover team has assessed this object as debris from the spacecraft, possibly from the events of landing on Mars.
This object is obviously man made, but it appears to be of a sort of material that would not survive a flight through space, the descent to Mars, nor the Martian environment.
What's laughable is your level of knowledge about the mission.
So the claims it fell from the rover, no less another rover, are laughable.
The rover team's assessment is that the bright object is something from the rover, not Martian material. It appears to be a shred of plastic material, likely benign, but it has not been definitively identified.
To proceed cautiously, the team is continuing the investigation for another day before deciding whether to resume processing of the sample in the scoop. Plans include imaging of surroundings with the Mastcam.
originally posted by: Mianeye
Typical of ATS to go bonkers over a piece of plastic already explained a long time ago.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
Something escaped the "cleaning" crew that's running around getting things ready for the "first" humans on Mars.
It would be quite the surprise for the "first" astronauts to show up and see signs we've already been there.
(we really need a ninja emoticon)