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A Mars Rock to get Excited about , Curiosity Rover Discovers Stick-Like Figures in Mars Rock

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posted on Jan, 7 2018 @ 01:26 PM
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Some of the shapes appear rounded, in cross section. If they were merely geological in origin, why are they rounded? Would veins of crystals in rock have tubular shapes? Would cracks in rocks, later filled by other minerals, be tubular in shape? I tend to doubt it. Wouldn't they have more or less random cross-sectional shapes? Tubes like this suggest living things. This seems to be what the biologists are (very cautiously) suggesting.




posted on Jan, 7 2018 @ 09:35 PM
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a reply to: Shadowhawk

LOl The whole cat poo thing reminds me of the Futurama's Katz episode of cats on "Thuban".



posted on Jan, 7 2018 @ 09:44 PM
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a reply to: Ross 54


Fossilized Worms from when Mars was more friendly.



posted on Jan, 9 2018 @ 07:49 PM
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a reply to: gortex

Lead or Copper deposites..

2nd



posted on Jan, 10 2018 @ 11:23 AM
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originally posted by: underpass61
Man. this part really does look like a flattened lead tube -



now that you pointed it out,,

it does...

Did Curiosity just Snapped that part off! ?

Im guess it did ..

it does look metallic. the Fresh Snap..

if Natural . not sure , if it would be a Metal Vain in rock.
tubing

but it does look like a Bent flat metal Tubing ..

Semi Remelted and Flattened then infused in rock over time

I can now see why NASA went back!

ahh Probley a 500,000 year old Piping from some Alien Outpost on Mars

Apparently ENKI & ENLIL: Left some Traces LOL!!!!!



posted on Jan, 10 2018 @ 11:30 AM
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Disclosure has to come in stages. If these are artifacts, they are temporally distant and are not an immediate threat to fragile psyches. The next steps are to find newer and newer artifacts until a departing ship is filmed. Then an arriving ship....



posted on Jan, 10 2018 @ 11:36 AM
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When I first saw these a couple of weeks ago, I thought that maybe they were some kind of mud that seeped into a crack and hardened, and then the rest of the surrounding material eroded away, leaving these things. The most curious part, though was this area, which seems to show a cross-section.

Looks like metal on the inside, probably iron with a thin coat of rust. A melted meteorite?

EDIT: Beat me to it.

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posted on Jan, 16 2018 @ 11:42 AM
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Curiosity has now returned to "Mcleans Nose" home of the "sticks" , now speculation ends and the science starts.

while "Mcleans Nose" is a prominent gray toned resistant feature. ChemCam data was acquired of a suite of targets, including those that had the elongate, raised, linear features known by the team as "sticks", as well as the two APXS targets. Documentation imaging of these targets, including multispectral imaging to characterize the visible/near-infrared spectral properties of the site, will happen over the course of the plan.
mars.jpl.nasa.gov... ign


I'll be keeping an eye on this and will post when results of the analysis becomes available.



posted on Jan, 16 2018 @ 11:51 AM
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originally posted by: gortex
Curiosity has now returned to "Mcleans Nose" home of the "sticks" , now speculation ends and the science starts.

Yes, it's very unusual that they drove the rover back to check it out again. That almost never happens, and there have been plenty of things worth taking a second look at IMHO. We'll see what they find out with their laser beams. Here's something they've brushed off. Kind of a Phillips screwdriver head:

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posted on Jan, 16 2018 @ 11:57 AM
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Ive seen similar vein like rocks just like this and assumed it was fossilised critter tunnels.

Lake Travis in Austin tx. they are everywhere.



posted on Jan, 17 2018 @ 02:43 AM
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The rover team are now making repeat observations of Macleans Nose following those conducted at the weekend.

In today's plan, we're focusing our attention on small-scale features in the rocks in front of the rover to try and understand how they formed. We have a nice long science block in the early afternoon, during which we'll use ChemCam to assess the targets "Macleans Nose 2," "Funzie 2," and "Ullapool." The targets with "2" in their name are intended to be repeat observations of targets that we analyzed over the weekend to gather additional information.
mars.jpl.nasa.gov...


Interesting.



posted on Feb, 9 2018 @ 02:09 PM
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In a new post about the "stick-shaped features" it seems NASA still haven't determined what they are.

The origin of the stick-shaped features is uncertain. One possibility is that they are erosion-resistant bits of dark material from mineral veins cutting through rocks in this area.
www.jpl.nasa.gov...

The other possibility is they are fossils but NASA can't bring themselves to say it.




posted on Feb, 10 2018 @ 12:09 PM
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a reply to: gortex

Great Find! looks to me like its a metal deposit that the surrounding rock has worn away from. but that's just my op. In the lower left corner of the top figure, you can see an edge that's darker than the rest of the figure, and has what I would consider a metal hue to it, iron deposit may? who knows.



posted on Feb, 10 2018 @ 02:19 PM
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a reply to: jeep3r

They have a bluish tinge. Did they adjust for true color?

The blueberries all appear to be hematite. These look similar where new edge is exposed



posted on Feb, 10 2018 @ 07:59 PM
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a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan
Some stuff on Mars does have a bluish tinge, and it's usually metallic/basaltic stuff left over from volcanoes.



posted on Feb, 13 2018 @ 02:10 PM
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originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
a reply to: jeep3r

They have a bluish tinge. Did they adjust for true color?

The blueberries all appear to be hematite. These look similar where new edge is exposed


The image posted in the OP shows true mars colors, it's not white-balanced. As you mention, the blueish hue can be seen in some of the hematite-rich areas that were spotted from orbit by MRO and were later imaged up-close on the ground (although hematite itself usually isn't blue in color).

Here's an example:
Color Blend Spherules IM/Pancam imaged by Opportunity rover



And here's the team's latest assessment of the stick shapes imaged by Curiosity:


Tiny Crystal Shapes Get Close Look From Mars Rover

The small, stick-shaped features were first seen two days before Curiosity reached Jura. All raw images from Mars rovers are quickly posted online, and some showing the "sticks" drew news-media attention comparing them to fossils. Among the alternative possibilities is that they are bits of the dark vein material.


The excerpt below sheds some light on how fossils could contain hematite, which under terrestrial conditions forms in aqueous environments:


What Mars Fossils Might Look Like

The minerals surrounding the fossils changed as the sediments cemented to form rock (...) Over time, the minerals altered chemically as well. Rustlike goethite slowly loses hydrogen and oxygen atoms to become more stable hematite over time.


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posted on Feb, 16 2018 @ 03:06 PM
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I just read something I missed before and it kinda changed my perspective on this.

These stick shape 'things' are the size of a grain of rice.

Hell, not it could be anything.



posted on Feb, 16 2018 @ 03:22 PM
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originally posted by: StallionDuck
These stick shape 'things' are the size of a grain of rice.
Hell, not it could be anything.

Sure, it's small, but it definitely has a distinct shape and configuration. Grain of rice? Bust open a USB drive and the connections are microscopic.



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