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Nasa's Curiosity rover zaps Mars rock called Coronation

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posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 10:11 PM
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Nasa's Curiosity rover zaps Mars rock called Coronation


www.bbc.co.uk

Nasa's Curiosity rover has zapped its first Martian rock.

The robot fired its ChemCam laser at a tennis-ball-sized stone lying about 2.5m away on the ground.

The brief but powerful burst of light from the instrument vapourised the surface of the rock, revealing details of its basic chemistry.
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posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 10:11 PM
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So I can't wait to see what details they get for this random stone.

I have heard this stone is basalt but even though it should reveal some interesting evidence..........I hope?!

It seems strange to me why they would choose such a well known type of rock and not ones that were near the rover that looked "different" in some way?

I know they might be tuning the instruments or seeing if the result they get is one they know about, but I guess we will have to wait for the rover to start moving to get more "exciting" results.



www.bbc.co.uk
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 10:15 PM
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Most likely establishing some baseline reference readings and calibrating the spectroscopy instruments using known data. Can't wait til the hard science begins.



posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 10:16 PM
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Next thing you know Coronation Street will also be zapped in Greater Manchester (Britain)...Is this a foreshadow/conspiracy yet to come into fruition????



posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 10:19 PM
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I read that earlier. Great article. S/F!


-SAP-



posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 10:20 PM
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Hmmmm Something in a name>..............."The Rovers Return"?

You just never know do ya?



posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 10:22 PM
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What if theirs lil beings livin on mars n their microscopic to us so we cant see em... Maybe people outta think about that before they go around blowing things up....



posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 10:23 PM
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"Rovers" "With lasers on there heads"



posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 10:29 PM
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*ZAP!*

... and this is how the first Martian - Earth war was started.


Cool article. Nice job.



posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 10:33 PM
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Ha! Yes, you are right! Could you imagine the very same happening here? Just a harmless laser, just testing a few rocks? Far out man, it would be wide spread pandemonium!!!!!

"IT'S A LASER!!!!!!!!! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!"



posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 10:34 PM
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"Sharks with friggen lazer beams attached to their heads" - Dr. Evil from Austin Powers


Sorry off topic.

-SAP-
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posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 10:35 PM
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No............extremely funny!!!!



posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 10:37 PM
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Originally posted by CaptainBeno


So I can't wait to see what details they get for this random stone.

I have heard this stone is basalt but even though it should reveal some interesting evidence..........I hope?!

It seems strange to me why they would choose such a well known type of rock and not ones that were near the rover that looked "different" in some way?

I know they might be tuning the instruments or seeing if the result they get is one they know about, but I guess we will have to wait for the rover to start moving to get more "exciting" results.



www.bbc.co.uk
(visit the link for the full news article)


Probably because they knew the stone was basalt, It would make a good "baseline" to do future comparisons against.

It would be the "control" material for the future analysis.



posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 10:40 PM
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Yep, you are right I reckon. Apparently there is a large quantity of this on Mars (And Earth).

When does the Rover start to move......any date fixed yet?



posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 10:53 PM
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Yeah will smith and his crew misinterpreted the aliens in independence day, they were doing what the rover does but on a larger scale.

I cant wait to see the results, wonder how similar the rocks will be compared with what we have at home.


 
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posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 11:27 PM
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you cannot be talking about zombie drugs on ATS....... no more basalts......lol



posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 11:30 PM
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I have a space radar mutating gun pointing at planet eeeeeaaarrrttthhh. If I push this button it will be destroyed in 300,000years........bu ha ha.........
AAAAAAHHHHHHHH what's up doc?



posted on Aug, 20 2012 @ 12:51 AM
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Originally posted by CaptainBeno
reply to post by Skywatcher2011
 


Hmmmm Something in a name>..............."The Rovers Return"?

You just never know do ya?


I just wonder if we will ever get to see this sort of transmission from Mars....here come the real aliens!!!! Run for the hills!!!!!!!!!!!!!





posted on Aug, 20 2012 @ 04:46 AM
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Originally posted by Druscilla

*ZAP!*

... and this is how the first Martian - Earth war was started.


Cool article. Nice job.
It's a star trek TNG episode called "home soil".

They zap a rock with a laser and it kills millions of tiny silicon-based aliens and starts a war. One of my favorite episodes, because it makes us think about what other forms life might take.

Let's hope that doesn't happen on Mars



posted on Aug, 20 2012 @ 06:20 AM
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edit on 20-8-2012 by cerebralassassins because: apparently its not a wise move to inform the public




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