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Mystery Spheres on Mars

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posted on Sep, 15 2012 @ 09:05 AM
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If I'm reading this correctly Methane gas bubbles in sediment can range anywhere between 8.0mm to 0.4mm or maybe smaller , maybe the picture in the OP is of a fossilized sedimentary layer given that its believed that Opportunity is at an ancient Sea bed .




posted on Sep, 15 2012 @ 09:35 AM
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I was struck by the similarity of these spheres on Mars to an image I found of some fossils of very ancient bacterial colonies on Earth. The odd 'rock fins' on which the Martian spheres were found could be similar to stromatolites, fossilized bacterial mats found on Earth. Link to article, with image, about analogous looking bacterial fossils on Earth: www.smh.com.au...



posted on Sep, 15 2012 @ 10:19 AM
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I must agree with you on this one.
They look very much like the ones in the article you refer to.

I hope that they are something close to what is found on Earth, it would be a fantastic discovery.



posted on Sep, 15 2012 @ 10:55 AM
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Alien Eggs enough said



posted on Sep, 15 2012 @ 11:32 AM
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OK, I think I now understand what you mean.

Bubbles inside some sediment that latter solidifies and gets eroded would look like that.



posted on Sep, 15 2012 @ 02:01 PM
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Looks like a really slow boil or heating up, of an extremely thick substance that was inexplicably stopped as if the matter was flash frozen or quickly cooled, mid boil for some reason. Course it could be something that behaves like a thick substance and that might explain the quick cool.


The bubbles look like what you get in a pancake batter when you spread it out. Almost time to flip this!

Then again possibly something meteoric and very hot passed so close that the surface "broiled."
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posted on Sep, 15 2012 @ 05:33 PM
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Originally posted by gortex
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Well to my untrained eye they do look like fossilized mud bubbles from a thermal hot spring , perfect breeding ground for life I believe

Here's a similar picture from here on Earth .


Size apart, that sounds a good analogy, and there is the obvious difference from the 'blueberries' in that these appear to be almost all partial spheres encased in their surroundings, rather than the 'blueberries' which are not necessarily encased, but are whole spheres resting on varying surface terrain.





posted on Sep, 15 2012 @ 06:42 PM
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They a Martian testicals!



posted on Sep, 16 2012 @ 05:32 AM
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To try and give the OP picture some context here is a full picture of the Kirkwood outcrop .


I don't know where on this picture the bubbles ... sorry Spheres .. are located but a closeup inspection of the left side of the outcrop does appear to show some kind of nodules on top



posted on Sep, 16 2012 @ 09:56 AM
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I believe that the spheres are on the odd looking, dark 'rock fins' just left of the center of the image. I doubt they'd be visible in a wide shot like this, since they're only about 3mm (1/8 inch) in diameter. The image of the spheres was made with a camera fitted with what amounts to a strong magnifying glass.
The problem I have with this being bubbles formed inside sedimentary (or volcanic) material is this: What is there to preferentially preserve the thin layer of material around the bubbles, when the rest of the 'matrix' is eroded to reveal them?
Of course, bubbles on the flat surface of a rock, caused by great heat, wouldn't be more complete than half-spheres. Some of these Martian spheres clearly are more complete than this.



posted on Sep, 16 2012 @ 10:06 AM
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Originally posted by penninja
OH GOD NO, THEY FOUND THE EGGS....NOT THE EGGS NO! SOME OF THEM HAVE HATCHED!

It is only a matter of time now.

30 days to burrow and grow

30 days to absorb enough radiation from the Sun for flight

30 days to reach Earth

10 days to devour us all

The Mayans knew containing them on Mars would not be enough.... but how did they know the date?



easy silly, the incubation period!





posted on Sep, 16 2012 @ 10:07 AM
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Originally posted by elevenaugust
NASA's long-lived rover Opportunity has returned an image of the Martian surface that is puzzling researchers.

Spherical objects concentrated at an outcrop Opportunity reached last week differ in several ways from iron-rich spherules nicknamed "blueberries" the rover found at its landing site in early 2004 and at many other locations to date.




Opportunity is investigating an outcrop called Kirkwood in the Cape York segment of the western rim of Endeavour Crater. The spheres measure as much as one-eighth of an inch (3 millimeters) in diameter. The analysis is still preliminary, but it indicates that these spheres do not have the high iron content of Martian blueberries.

"This is one of the most extraordinary pictures from the whole mission," said Opportunity's principal investigator, Steve Squyres of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. "Kirkwood is chock full of a dense accumulation of these small spherical objects. Of course, we immediately thought of the blueberries, but this is something different. We never have seen such a dense accumulation of spherules in a rock outcrop on Mars."


Opportunity Science team says that these spherules at Kirkwood do not have the iron-rich composition of the blueberries. They also differ in concentration, distribution and structure. Some of the spherules in this image have been partially eroded away, revealing concentric internal structure. They plan to use the rover for further investigation of these spherules to determine what evidence they can provide about ancient Martian environmental conditions.

Source: Science NASA


Very cool, I look forward to hearing what these things are!

The boiling minerals idea seems to hold some merit. Also maybe formed as the atmosphere was depleted in very very hot storms being blown around by the wind of the time before the atmosphere went caput. ...dunno, just speculating.



posted on Sep, 16 2012 @ 10:11 AM
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Originally posted by iforget
From the article they seem to think the popped looking spheres were eroded after fossilization. I see tails on the "tops" of the spheres it looks sortnof like they flowed downwards after they broke the surface of the formation or it's like they seem more a part of the surrounding rock than the blueberries did. It's fascinating


I know it's terrible (and trying to keep it clean here)... kind of like sperm that was ....depositied... to fertilize the "egg of life" and got petrified .... really really big sperm!



posted on Sep, 16 2012 @ 10:13 AM
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Originally posted by gortex
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If I'm reading this correctly Methane gas bubbles in sediment can range anywhere between 8.0mm to 0.4mm or maybe smaller , maybe the picture in the OP is of a fossilized sedimentary layer given that its believed that Opportunity is at an ancient Sea bed .



Being on a Sea, it could have been just the formation and deposit of minerals, more churning and rolling for the minerals to form "pebbles" of some sort.


ETA: after reading through the rest of the thread, I think the idea of something having been molten makes the most sense. Some lava-type substance where the minerals formed due to different melting points as opposed to the lava but very close, so they "balled up" and erosion over many thousand years has revealed them.

Still have no idea, but that's my favorite speculation for now.
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posted on Sep, 16 2012 @ 11:21 AM
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Judging by this photo:
(click for full size)


it looks like the area where the spheres are is somewhere in this area:
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(the above image was made with 3 or 4 images from the panoramic camera from Sol 6062, and I didn't worry about making it look good
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Edit: a false colour version of that area. In this version the blues are exaggerated, but it gives us an idea of the difference in colours of the different areas.
(click for full size)


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posted on Sep, 16 2012 @ 11:29 AM
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My guess would be that in certain environmental conditions, some more dense or glassy bits of rock would tend to accumulate more CO2 condensation than others, it would get dust on it, and that dust would settle back down onto the rock after the condensation evaporated. Repeat the process over a long period of time, and with nothing around to disturb it, I imagine it would accumulate and form these kinds of spheres.

I'm no expert, though.



posted on Sep, 16 2012 @ 12:32 PM
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Nice work ArMaP

I've had a scan over the images you posted but can't really see a likely candidate for what we see in the OP image , I would love to see some higher res images of the site but I guess we got what we got and we should be grateful for that .
Maybe over the course of the next few weeks better images will be released and an exiting theory will be put forward , until then we can but speculate



posted on Sep, 16 2012 @ 10:24 PM
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I agree..

This 'disclosure' will take place throught 2012 and through 2013, as information about what the rover is finding is shared with the public.

There may not be a 'Breaking News' message about life on Mars on CNN; the informed public will accept it slowly but surely until it is common knowledge, the same that racial harmony occured through the decades.



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