Skip to comments.Mysterious rock appears near Mars rover Opportunity
Posted on 01/16/2014 9:15:23 PM PST by traumer
An odd-looking bit of rock mysteriously appeared in front of Opportunity rover in the beginning of January as the rover, waiting out the Martian winter, has not moved since the end of November, according to NASA.
The rock suddenly appeared on photographs taken by Opportunity Mars rover on Sol (Martian day) 3540 or January 8 Earth time, according to NASAs website.
Photographs previously taken on Sol 3536 showed no trace of the rock. The body was named 'Pinnacle Island', according to Opportunitys Pancam database descriptions.
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Kilroy was there!
Second (at least) thread on this.
It s pure nonsense. The rock is in both photos.
There’s an industry in making up things based on Mars photos.
A Martian teenager threw a rock at the probe.
Peace of rover’s insulation that came loose?
I’m glad somebody else saw it the way I did in the photos on the other thread. The rock is in both the “before” and “after” photos.
I have to admit, I loved this episode. Great pre-CGI special effects.
But, ... but, what about the “face” on that rock?
It’s an empty Jiffy Pop.
I would’t get too excited about it. There’s also something that looks like advanced civilization, like a solar panel or something, that mysteriously vanished between the two photos.
I don’t see it in both photos.
Even so, they are already pretty sure the rock was moved by the rover itself on it’s prior pass.
There’s no mystery.
It’s not a rock.
It’s an egg shell fragment.
From a raptor.
It’s dead Jim!
This is the gentle way the Borg begin to prepare mankind ( or at least USA) to learn they exist and have taken us over.
What can I say, we Martians like to get our rocks off.
What Photo are you looking at? I see one it’s in and one it’s not. Nothing dubious and it doesn’t say what the slope of the terrain is so a rock rolling down a grade from wing or whatever happens all the time.
Yep, its there in both pictures.
The shadows & camera angles are just different.
At least it isn’t the Mexican Staring From of Southern Sri Lanka. That would be dangerous.
Wooooooo! Martians accidentally kicked up the rock when they went to check on the Rover. Wooooooo! Life on Mars! Woooooo! They brought life to Earth 50 million years ago! There is no God!
< / s >
Did you bother to go to the article and look at the photos?...the rock is not in both photos..they think the rover may of kicked it up during a turn to face the sun for the solar panels ...the rover is saying put to winter over right now and has to turn to face what little sun there is
When you get down to brass tacks,
that’s at the heart of the search for ETI.
Looking at the original b/w photo, it was cliche ‘face on Mars’; not so in the color pic.
Nice distraction from terrestrial concerns. /s
NSA must be pretty desperate to hack into NASA data feeds to get eyes wandering elsewhere. /s
“A rolling stone gathers no moss” could also describe a dynamic environment: Mars is not dead like the Moon (things will change). I was under the impression the Mars missions were to search for signs of ‘life’...
...so WTF is the big deal?
Before I get flamed, I’m going to harken back to the mystery of Earth-bound ‘raining fish’ and defer to Martian weather. Again, what’s the big deal?
A friggin’ rock that got sucked up by a Martian storm.
I’m in AWE (dripping /s)
Excuse me.... our moon is not dead. You've obviously not seen any of the 9384573957 youtube videos explaining that aliens live there. And what our Apollo program really found out when it went to the moon. And the giant alien base on the backside of our moon.
It was too cold to play golf the other day, so I got sucked into about 2 hours worth of youtube videos by following one of these FR threads. Who knew retirement could be so much fun :)
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