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Mysterious rock appears near Mars rover Opportunity
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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 NASA’s website.

Photographs previously taken on Sol 3536 showed no trace of the rock. The body was named 'Pinnacle Island', according to Opportunity’s Pancam database descriptions.

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1 posted on 01/16/2014 9:15:23 PM PST by traumer
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To: traumer

Kilroy was there!


2 posted on 01/16/2014 9:16:45 PM PST by Elsiejay
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To: traumer

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.


3 posted on 01/16/2014 9:17:38 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: traumer

A Martian teenager threw a rock at the probe.


4 posted on 01/16/2014 9:18:00 PM PST by traumer
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To: traumer

Peace of rover’s insulation that came loose?


5 posted on 01/16/2014 9:22:01 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: ifinnegan

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.


6 posted on 01/16/2014 9:23:53 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where are Holder's "po folks" getting the I.D.s to sign up for ObamaCare?)
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To: traumer

I have to admit, I loved this episode. Great pre-CGI special effects.

7 posted on 01/16/2014 9:25:29 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: traumer

But, ... but, what about the “face” on that rock?


8 posted on 01/16/2014 9:39:18 PM PST by JohnG45
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To: traumer

It’s an empty Jiffy Pop.


9 posted on 01/16/2014 9:42:59 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: traumer

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.


10 posted on 01/16/2014 9:44:03 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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11 posted on 01/16/2014 9:45:10 PM PST by GraceG
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To: FlingWingFlyer

http://www.flickr.com/photos/marscat/11879656235/

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.


12 posted on 01/16/2014 11:10:57 PM PST by ltc8k6
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It’s not a rock.

It’s an egg shell fragment.

From a raptor.


13 posted on 01/16/2014 11:18:23 PM PST by zipper ("The Second Amendment IS my carry permit!" -- Ted Nugent)
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To: traumer

14 posted on 01/16/2014 11:47:46 PM PST by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: traumer
I saw this on I Dream of Jeanie .
15 posted on 01/16/2014 11:56:08 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: GraceG

It’s dead Jim!


16 posted on 01/17/2014 12:48:27 AM PST by DocJhn
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To: traumer

This is the gentle way the Borg begin to prepare mankind ( or at least USA) to learn they exist and have taken us over.


17 posted on 01/17/2014 1:05:21 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: All

What can I say, we Martians like to get our rocks off.


18 posted on 01/17/2014 2:06:38 AM PST by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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To: ifinnegan

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.


19 posted on 01/17/2014 3:46:42 AM PST by maddog55
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To: ifinnegan

Yep, its there in both pictures.

The shadows & camera angles are just different.


20 posted on 01/17/2014 4:24:48 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Elsiejay

At least it isn’t the Mexican Staring From of Southern Sri Lanka. That would be dangerous.


21 posted on 01/17/2014 4:49:19 AM PST by Lawgvr1955 (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: traumer

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 >


22 posted on 01/17/2014 5:03:21 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: ifinnegan

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


23 posted on 01/17/2014 5:23:06 AM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: I want the USA back

When you get down to brass tacks,
that’s at the heart of the search for ETI.


24 posted on 01/17/2014 5:26:35 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: traumer

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)


25 posted on 01/17/2014 6:58:44 AM PST by logi_cal869
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Mars is not dead like the Moon

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 :)

26 posted on 01/17/2014 7:06:42 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: kjam22

LOL

Enjoy.


27 posted on 01/26/2014 8:51:43 AM PST by logi_cal869
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