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couldn't help but to laugh at some of you. Seriously, I was sitting here laughing. Any LITTLE thing you see you'll assume it's a UFO. No wonder why the people who believe in UFO's are labled crazy... It's because of people like you. Taking any little thing you find and saying it's a UFO.
Originally posted by spacedoubt
It's going to be hard to ever be 100%.
But I appreciate you not "blowing off" my idea here, no pun intended..LOL
We should probably look into the components that make up the entire heat shield assembly. And remember, in all of NASA's spacecraft, weight is one of the key factors in determining wether a component gets to fly or not.
I could imagine some things getting pretty crunched on impact. And that it's possible that some things came apart in layers. It may not have taken much wind to keep something with the lightness similar to mylar (not actually mylar, it would have melted) aloft.
If the pic was snapped JUST AFTER a wind had passed though, it could be the debris settling down..Some of the Martian dust devils have been seen to be hundreds of feet high.
Originally posted by Thug69
Yeah and it looked like it crashed or something Source
[edit on 14-1-2005 by Thug69]
NASA email from Curt Niebur
From : Curt Niebur
Sent : Wednesday, January 19, 2005
To : Peter Arvo
Subject : Fwd: Mars Opportunity images - Question
Your message below was forwarded to me for response.
The anomaly you spotted appears to be a speck of dust that was temporarily located on or just in front of the left Navcam. It is not present in the right Navcam frame collected at about the same time, and is not present in images taken by either the left or right Navcam a couple of minutes before and after. Mars is a pretty dusty and windy place. I would imagine that the wind blew a speck of dust onto the lens and then subsequently blew it off. We see the same thing happening to the solar array: it gets dusty and produces less power, but a dust devil sweeps by every now and then and blows the dust off, allowing the rover to get more power.
Thank you for your interest in the mission!
Originally posted by kode
The probability of NASA admitting it was anything else is low anyhow.