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What's that? New rock in Mars rover photos baffles scientists, fans
chron.com ^ | January 16, 2014 | Carol Christian |

Posted on 01/16/2014 6:44:06 PM PST by BenLurkin

Practically overnight, an unexplained piece of rock has shown up on photos from NASA's Mars rover Opportunity, according to the digital Russian TV network RT (Russia Today).

The rover hasn't moved in over a month, as it waits for better weather, but a photo taken on Sol 3540 (Jan. 8, or the 3,540th Martian solar day since the Opportunity rover landed) shows a rock that wasn't visible in previous photos taken on Sol 3536.

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Staffers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California who maintain the rover camera (pancam) database for NASA have named the rock Pinnacle Island.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: mars; nasa; opportunity; stevesquyres
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1 posted on 01/16/2014 6:44:06 PM PST by BenLurkin
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2 posted on 01/16/2014 6:46:13 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Near miss meteor?


3 posted on 01/16/2014 6:46:50 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BenLurkin

Alien dung.


4 posted on 01/16/2014 6:47:42 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: BenLurkin

Now that I see the pic I’m thinking more along the lines of windblown pumice or something.


5 posted on 01/16/2014 6:48:54 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BenLurkin

If you guys don’t know the Appian Way by now,………...


6 posted on 01/16/2014 6:49:07 PM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: BenLurkin
Lots can happen in 4 sols. Was it a holiday weekend?

/johnny

7 posted on 01/16/2014 6:50:27 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BenLurkin

They were looking for bacteria- maybe it’s the rock of phages...

Looks like it’s in both photos to me.


8 posted on 01/16/2014 6:53:48 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: BenLurkin

Wall-E brought it a gift?


9 posted on 01/16/2014 6:55:01 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: Doc Savage
If you guys don’t know the Appian Way by now,………...

Are the cart ruts 4 foot 8-1/2 inches apart?

10 posted on 01/16/2014 6:57:50 PM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: cripplecreek

Windblown pumice would be extremely unlikely. The atmospheric pressure is so low on Mars there wouldn’t be enough PSI to move a rock, I should think. But I am not sure.


11 posted on 01/16/2014 7:00:15 PM PST by bolobaby
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To: BenLurkin

12 posted on 01/16/2014 7:00:23 PM PST by Mannaggia l'America
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To: cripplecreek
Now that I see the pic I’m thinking more along the lines of windblown pumice or something.

The atmosphere of Mars is too thin to blow things around (except the finest dust.) This stone could be a piece of a meteoroid, or something that said meteoroid struck somewhere nearby. There are many craters on Mars, since the atmosphere cannot burn the incoming rocks as it does on Earth.

13 posted on 01/16/2014 7:03:03 PM PST by Greysard
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To: JRandomFreeper

Geez, these guys never seen a crawdad hole before.


14 posted on 01/16/2014 7:04:02 PM PST by OftheOhio (never could dance but always could kata - Romeo company)
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To: Jet Jaguar

LOL first thing I thought, and laughed at post of Kirk & Alien.


15 posted on 01/16/2014 7:04:23 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: mrsmith
maybe it’s the rock of phages...

You should be punished.

/johnny

16 posted on 01/16/2014 7:04:31 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mrsmith

“Looks like it’s in both photos to me”

Yes it does, if those are supposed to be the 4 day apart photos.


17 posted on 01/16/2014 7:06:07 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: BenLurkin

Relax! It’s just a candy wrapper.


18 posted on 01/16/2014 7:06:55 PM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: BenLurkin

Are those before & after photos?
That rock is present in both photos.


19 posted on 01/16/2014 7:07:43 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: BenLurkin

Fungus!


20 posted on 01/16/2014 7:07:47 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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21 posted on 01/16/2014 7:08:59 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: BenLurkin
the Rover has moved since the first picture was taken

the solar panel is farther away from the three round rocks in the right side photo, but the article says it hasn't moved...

22 posted on 01/16/2014 7:09:56 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: BenLurkin
It's there in the left image also, but you can hardly see it.
The angle and the light in the two images are different.
The rover must have moved and it's a different time of day.

23 posted on 01/16/2014 7:10:08 PM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: ifinnegan
Glad to hear that from someone LOL!

A close-up:

24 posted on 01/16/2014 7:10:32 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

But he also said he saw the rock in both pics. I did too. Leading me to consider the kind of mind that spontaneously bursts out with “rock of phages” at the mere mention of bacteriological activity as an hypothesis for the rock that is not there then is.

/Lou


25 posted on 01/16/2014 7:12:53 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: BenLurkin

If yo`ll zoom in just below the rock,
you can see a picture a man sticking his tongue out.


26 posted on 01/16/2014 7:13:24 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: Mannaggia l'America

Am I the only one that thinks of that thing every time I see a box of Hamburger Helper?


27 posted on 01/16/2014 7:14:52 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Louis Foxwell
Yeah... but I've got a gospel tune stuck in my head now...

/johnny

28 posted on 01/16/2014 7:15:27 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Lots can happen in 4 sols. Was it a holiday weekend?

What happens on Mars, stays on Mars.

29 posted on 01/16/2014 7:16:13 PM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: BenLurkin

Actually it looks like its in the first photo as well. Look carefully and you see a mark in the same spot. Looks as though Photo 2 was taken at a different time of day and the shadows make it more 3 D.


30 posted on 01/16/2014 7:17:31 PM PST by Hetty_Fauxvert (FUBO, and the useful idiots you rode in on!)
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To: Zeppo
What happens on Mars, stays on Mars.

Then explain my 2nd grandson from my younger daughter.... Guy's gotta be from Mars.

/johnny

31 posted on 01/16/2014 7:18:51 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cripplecreek
windblown pumice

Would pumice form without water?

32 posted on 01/16/2014 7:18:53 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: BenLurkin

Geez. It’s a piece of used foil.

To J Random...or Def Leppard.


33 posted on 01/16/2014 7:19:40 PM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: BenLurkin

Why is a bacteria “life” on Mars (if indeed they can find one) but a heartbeat in a womb is nothing here on earth, worthy of an abortion.


34 posted on 01/16/2014 7:20:52 PM PST by fish hawk (no tyrant can remain in power without the consent and cooperation of his victims.)
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To: mrsmith
I have an almost identical piece of aluminum foil with bits of chicken stuck on it in my kitchen garbage at this moment.

Including the 'oops, no aluminum foil in the microwave' melting marks.

/johnny

35 posted on 01/16/2014 7:21:33 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BenLurkin

Sheila Jackson Lee wants to know where the American flag is that Neil Armstrong put there????


36 posted on 01/16/2014 7:23:06 PM PST by fish hawk (no tyrant can remain in power without the consent and cooperation of his victims.)
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To: BenLurkin

Looks like a gopher hole to me...


37 posted on 01/16/2014 7:24:28 PM PST by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: BenLurkin

Tricky, those Martians.


38 posted on 01/16/2014 7:24:42 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Kirkwood
Weeping angel?

Don't stop looking at it!!!

39 posted on 01/16/2014 7:25:23 PM PST by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: cripplecreek
It resembles a gemmae cup.


40 posted on 01/16/2014 7:25:56 PM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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To: huldah1776
LOL first thing I thought, and laughed at post of Kirk & Alien.

Yes, but how many of us knew at a glance that was The Horta?

41 posted on 01/16/2014 7:29:54 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: SunkenCiv

/mark


42 posted on 01/16/2014 7:30:38 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: JRandomFreeper

Looks like popcorn to me. How many people are in the Rover anyway?

Seriously it is an interesting looking rock.


43 posted on 01/16/2014 7:30:55 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

In bass or treble cleft?


44 posted on 01/16/2014 7:34:31 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: mrsmith

Being a metate, that opens up another whole other issue.


45 posted on 01/16/2014 7:34:38 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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46 posted on 01/16/2014 7:35:02 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: BenLurkin

Stupid question time: Why is it that when I go to the link,I see no pics that you guys are posting here...are these from the article?...Has happened alot to me. They talk about pics, go to link, no pics. I don’t know what I am doing wrong....(see tagline)...lol


47 posted on 01/16/2014 7:40:12 PM PST by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: mrsmith

I agree. If they are talking about the rock near the foot of the cross that someone carved into a paving stone, it’s in both pictures.


48 posted on 01/16/2014 7:42:43 PM PST by PAR35
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To: BenLurkin
"Let he who is without Sun cast the first stone."


49 posted on 01/16/2014 7:43:13 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: BenLurkin; mikrofon; martin_fierro
Colorized:

Close-up from another angle:


50 posted on 01/16/2014 7:43:45 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Rabbits are from Mars. . . .)
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