posted on Oct, 10 2012 @ 07:26 PM
Been following along - some interesting, well-thought-out posts (and some, not so much...)
One thing that keeps missing in some "guesses" is ignoring SCALE. This object is exceedingly tiny. The granular material surrounding the object
are not "rocks", they are little specs of sand. Can somebody crop the hi-res color photo of the object laying on the ground and place an accurate
scale next to it? A few pages back I think I read "2 cm", but that would make it about 0.78 inches long - even that appears too big, I think.
Do we have an accurate estimate of the dimensions? Of course, even a 2 cm condom is just plain silly, but a side-by-side comparison with a
large-human-sized one is a lie (if not altogether humorous) if the scales do not coincide. Even the photo of the cicada as an idea is ridiculous. We
must compare at the right corresponding scale! (unless the point is to be funny or silly rather than find the truth - in which case - ha-ha -
chuckle, chuckle... let's get to work...
In the meantime, my vote is on a small bit of insulating or securing material (piece of tape, etc) that indeed came loose from the rover. It was a
relatively smooth landing, but not 'feather-light' - and the rover is crammed with equipment, wires, fasteners and such.
Sure, they assemble these wonderful machines in immaculate clean rooms, but I think it quite reasonable to assume that it is possible that at least a
tiny piece of tape or insulation may come loose on the blast-off, long journey, descent, landing, and deployment on the Martian surface. The fact
that this tiny, barely-visible fleck of flotsam is resting in the immediate vicinity of the rover itself adds some additional credibility to this
Shrimp, bug wings, teeth, condoms? Sheesh - what glorious imaginations we have! Don't get me wrong - I would LOVE IT if we actually found a
cockroach molting, tiny alien face or whatever. But Occam's razor, sadly, suggests otherwise.
KISS: be realistic. What is the most plausible, logical, reasonable explanations of all those proposed? It is the one NASA themselves tossed into
the ring: a very tiny piece of material from the rover itself...
p.s. No, I do NOT believe NASA always tells us the truth and I do NOT believe NASA tells the public even a fraction of what they discover. This time,
however, especially considering how "public" they made the announcement: A speck of rover junk is laying on the ground. Period.