posted on Jun, 1 2008 @ 08:44 AM
reply to post by RUFFREADY
So far I have narrowed it down to be 3 things, a spring, screw or small fossil. At first glance it looked like a spring because the top portion of the
item looks hollow and of course takes the shape of downward curls or spirals usually made by a Spring.
The 2nd thing that comes to mind would be a screw although it looks some what tapered as it goes into the Martian soil. The head of this object does
not look like a screw head I have seen in the past it actually looks open or hollow to me at the top.
The 3rd thingy it could be is a spiral cone shell found on beaches on Earth, with an opening at the top and spirals downward and tappers to a point at
the end of the shell.
The thing that is intrequeing to me is that the layer of loose Martian soil above the ice is not frozen. It is possible the surface is not frozen due
to the lack of surface moisture. This seemed to be apparent when viewing the loose soil beneath the lander that showed 2 patches of ice.
When the parachute or heat shield was deployed it could of been part of the mechanism screw or spring that opened up and hitched a ride to the surface
and jarred loose during landing. Rik Riley
[edit on 1-6-2008 by rikriley]