posted on Apr, 6 2016 @ 05:19 AM
a reply to: YouSir
Did it fall earlier during the "Sky crane" landing...possible
I seriously doubt it.
When this image was originally taken during October 2012, Curiosity had travelled approx 400 - 500 meters from it's landing site.
The object in question is tiny...it's roughly 13mm in length (1.3cm / half an inch).
Think of how monumentally improbable it would be, especially considering the meandering path Curiosity has taken on it's route, to not only rove to
the very spot this debris had fallen to after coming off the lander, but to see and image it too.
It's VERY unlikely to be debris from the sky crane or landing phase.
It would be like one of us flying in a helicopter over the sahara and dropping a candy / sweetie wrapper out of the window, landing, walking around in
the sahara for 65 days in a very non-linear path, and then walking up to and finding our candy / sweetie wrapper.
Not much chance of that happening. Perhaps if there were dozens and dozens of rovers milling around the area, one of them might possibly stumble
across the object..but not a single rover.
It's much more likely to have somehow detached from the rover itself, fallen and then the MAHLI cam imaged it.
From a 'conspiracy related angle'..the image of the Human-like shadow appearing to be working on the rover that has done the rounds, was taken by
Curiosity on Sol 50...just 15 days prior to the image we're talking about in this thread.
Maybe the repair guy didn't clean up his mess.