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Mars Rover to Study Pyramid Rock of Unknown Origin

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posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 11:53 AM
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Mars Rover to Study Pyramid Rock of Unknown Origin

NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity has its first analysis target, an intriguing rock with a pyramidal shape that is now 8.2 feet (2.5 meter) from its current location. The scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are excited about this and other features discovered by the rover's cameras.

In fact, it seems that they have hit a jackpot, according to Mars Science Laboratory Project Scientist John Grotzinger, at Caltech:

As we're getting closer to the light-toned area, we see thin, dark bands of unknown origin. The smaller-scale diversity is becoming more evident as we get closer, providing more potential targets for investigation.


Thought some of you here would appreciate this story. Interesting find, but it really speaks to the advances and technology the rover is employing in this latest exploration of Mars. I really do hope they find signs of ancient life of any sort, hopefully soon

Enjoy




posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 11:58 AM
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Nice find Slayer69
. When I view these rocks and others I try to keep in mind life on other planets may not be organic like of EA*RTH nor may it behave the same. I would like to ask are their any tracks showing it last location to where it is now. Unless there are miniature people there and the rover got in their way
so they had to move it with advanced telekinesis..



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 11:59 AM
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I love a title like that that's followed by the OP being
you, SLAYER.
So cool !
Ancient Civilizations and past life on Mars
are two of the coolest subjects with a bit
higher chance,than most, for pay off!
It gets more intriguing everyday.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 11:59 AM
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www.abovetopsecret.com...

is rock has been posted about a few times.

www.abovetopsecret.com...
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posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 12:02 PM
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that's pretty cool. It is striated one direction on one side, and perpendicular on the other.

That's weird!



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 12:03 PM
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The first analysis. This is gonna be cool.

But I think the "unknown origin" seems to be out of context. I think that Grotzinger was referring to dark banding in the terrain.

Three types of terrain intersect in the Glenelg area -- one lighter-toned and another more cratered than the terrain Curiosity currently is crossing. The light-toned area is of special interest because it retains daytime heat long into the night, suggesting an unusual composition.

"As we're getting closer to the light-toned area, we see thin, dark bands of unknown origin," said Mars Science Laboratory Project Scientist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. "The smaller-scale diversity is becoming more evident as we get closer, providing more potential targets for investigation."

www.jpl.nasa.gov...



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 12:03 PM
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which one moved the OP original or the second? Also any pics with tracks?
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posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 12:09 PM
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Man! i can't wait for new things to see, i'm just fascinated by Mar's past environment. Hmmm! was is it a pre-earth or a post-earth!... click away rover!


anyway...

i know this is kind of off topic, but i have been frustrated over on how to convert the small NASA raw images into bigger images. Can someone link me to a site or guide on conversions? - Thanks.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 12:28 PM
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I've misread it at first, thinking the size of the rock is 8.2 feet, but...it moved that much

Reminds me of the mysterious moving rocks at death valley.
It wouldn't surprise me if they witness occasional soil icing there.

(Hmmm so, how big is this thing?)



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 12:52 PM
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Yeah...we live in a crazy world...governments printing money as if they think its for free and such... Now 'they' fly all over to Mars, spending billions of those dollars just to fire a laser into a suspicious looking pyramid shaped rock....just to be sure it is a rock.


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posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 01:42 PM
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Originally posted by SLAYER69
Mars Rover to Study Pyramid Rock of Unknown Origin

NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity has its first analysis target, an intriguing rock with a pyramidal shape that is now 8.2 feet (2.5 meter) from its current location. The scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are excited about this and other features discovered by the rover's cameras.

In fact, it seems that they have hit a jackpot, according to Mars Science Laboratory Project Scientist John Grotzinger, at Caltech:

As we're getting closer to the light-toned area, we see thin, dark bands of unknown origin. The smaller-scale diversity is becoming more evident as we get closer, providing more potential targets for investigation.


Thought some of you here would appreciate this story. Interesting find, but it really speaks to the advances and technology the rover is employing in this latest exploration of Mars. I really do hope they find signs of ancient life of any sort, hopefully soon

Enjoy


It reminds me of a benben stone ... like the one used to cap the top of the pyramids in Egypt but more weathered.



Woody



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 01:45 PM
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That's really cool, I'm quite excited to see what they discover with this new rover.

I doubt that they'd tell us if they found any evidence of civilization however. Past life forms of some kind? Sure.

But the juicy stuff would most likely end up classified.

~Tenth



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 01:57 PM
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I'm just waiting for Curiosity to mozy on up to the tubes :^)



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 02:56 PM
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I think it would be cool when they zap it with the laser you see little Egyptians running out of it.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 06:43 PM
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16 inches by 10 inches I think?



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 06:54 PM
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Hoagland is probably already blowing up the phone lines at the Coast2Coast studio, reminding everyone what a genius he is and insisting that he actually discovered this rock in 1989.



posted on Sep, 21 2012 @ 12:26 AM
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Originally posted by gravitational
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I've misread it at first, thinking the size of the rock is 8.2 feet, but...it moved that much

Reminds me of the mysterious moving rocks at death valley.
It wouldn't surprise me if they witness occasional soil icing there.

(Hmmm so, how big is this thing?)


the rock didn't move. reread that sentence. it's saying the rover is that far away from the rock.



posted on Sep, 21 2012 @ 04:23 AM
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i cant see the other two sides but if we assume the other sides are similar , for this rock to take shape naturlly it would need winds or water flowing over it on all sides equally with equal succseesion or a combination of wind and water to make a pyramid shape.
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posted on Sep, 21 2012 @ 04:31 AM
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Oh Good lord....

They are going to run over hundreds, maybe thousands of little Martians that live around the largest structure they ever created.

Good work NASA.... siiiighh

Lets just hope the other little Martians 30 Meters away from the Martians that they once built this Pyramid for don't think the rover is some gigantic robot weapon and fire off a few tiny nukes at it.



posted on Sep, 21 2012 @ 04:50 AM
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why havent we found out more about mars. Just curious are they hiding things



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