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Originally posted by nomadros
reply to post by AmberLeaf
mmmm....so to get this right, a man made machine gets landed on a planet, moves a couple of hundred meters, sticks a 3 inch wide scoop in the ground and finds something shiny. So either A) the place is crawling with this stuff, B) it's the luckiest coincidence in history or C) something fell off the machine (Nasa's fav). My question is why don't they stick the scoop back in and see if any more bits fall off the rover *cough*
Originally posted by DeadSeraph
Originally posted by gortex
That is an interesting image , it does seem to look like a wing even down to the attachment at the end ....
Very interesting. At that scale, it certainly does seem to have some organic looking properties (particularly the little s-curve that extrudes out from the center of the object). Exciting stuff!
Originally posted by tigpoppa
The object shown in the images COULD be a rock which is why its important, parts of a rover do not just fall off, well lets hope NASA hasnt gotten that shoddy. Keep in mind mars is arid or having no rain and cant support life. Rocks here on earth are shiny like this in the same climates when minerals create a sheen like surface on the rock from a glaze or varnish that can preserve organic compounds or biological traces of life. This rock could contain evidence of life in the past on Mars and why NASA would not disturb the rock. Give NASA time to dig up a new rover to analyze the specimen further. This is PAYDIRT in geology terms and the Curiosity rover lacks the instrumentation to study the rock so the next rover will target that same spot with the right analytical tools since a discovery like this could be a potential gold mine.
Its not that it is "shiny" that is important, its what if anything is under the shine that is of interest.
Here is a great link to read more about the life cycle of glaze formation on desert rocks which is an arid climate much like mars. Rock Coatingsedit on 9-10-2012 by tigpoppa because: Science!
Originally posted by thehal
It does look like a shriveled up bug. But it could have fallen off the rover too, but not be part of the rover. I've seen many images with small pebbles and dirt spread on the top of the rover from when it made it's decent and the rockets on the sky crane kicked up dirt, dust and debris that landed on it. So it could be a rock from the landing region that the rover carried with it, and it fell of when it stopped.
Also it could be something that stuck to one of the rover tires and fell of when it stopped as well.
I haven't read anywhere that the item only showed up after the scoop picked up a load of dirt, so I assumed that the item was there before the scoop was activated or at least before the actual scooping of dirt. So it could have been some piece of debris kicked up by the sky crane that was lodged in the scoop arm somewhere and it fell of when activated.
I also wanted to mention that for the user openyourmind1262 to have such a user name, they sure are close minded...
Originally posted by Char-Lee
Originally posted by paratus
a little brighter in this:
bottom middle silver in color.
They are probably busy as heck now making a tie shaped like this object so they can say that is what it is.
Originally posted by Staroth
Here's what I see.
edit on 9-10-2012 by Staroth because: (no reason given)