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NASA Scientists Perplexed by Mysterious Mars Rock Unlike Anything They've Ever Seen Before [UPDATE]
clevelandleader.com ^ | January 19, 2014 - 6:25pm | Julie Kent on

Posted on 01/19/2014 4:05:03 PM PST by BenLurkin

Lead Mars Exploration rover scientist Steve Squyres describes the rock as looking like a large jelly donut, explaining:

““It looks white around the edge in the middle and there’s a low spot in the center that’s dark red – it looks like a jelly doughnut.” ”

The instruments on NASA's Opportunity rover that are analyzing the rock are sending back to Earth data that is as mysterious as the jelly donut-like rock itself. Squyres says:

“It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before. It’s very high in sulphur, it’s very high in magnesium, its got twice as much manganese as we’ve ever seen in anything on Mars."

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


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: mars; nasa; opportunity; stevesquyres
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1 posted on 01/19/2014 4:05:03 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Looks like a gum wrapper.


2 posted on 01/19/2014 4:08:03 PM PST by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: BenLurkin

Damn aliens are throwing rocks at our rover. That’s just a dick move.


3 posted on 01/19/2014 4:08:39 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: BenLurkin

1. churned up; 2. meteor originated; 3. photo shop.


4 posted on 01/19/2014 4:09:16 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: Future Snake Eater

Just wait until they steal the rims and leave the rover up on blocks.


5 posted on 01/19/2014 4:09:31 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Vermont Lt

It’s an expended Illudium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator round.


6 posted on 01/19/2014 4:10:17 PM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: gusopol3

I was going with #3 until this article. The rover had drilled a piece and analyzed it.

So meteorite it is.


7 posted on 01/19/2014 4:10:37 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: saganite

8 posted on 01/19/2014 4:11:23 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

It’s a cook book!!


9 posted on 01/19/2014 4:11:25 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: BenLurkin

trash


10 posted on 01/19/2014 4:11:32 PM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: BenLurkin

‘...there’s a low spot in the center that’s dark red – it looks like a jelly doughnut.”’

Elvis was there???


11 posted on 01/19/2014 4:12:44 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: BenLurkin

““It looks white around the edge in the middle and there’s a low spot in the center that’s dark red – it looks like a jelly doughnut.” ”


Es ist mein Berliner!


12 posted on 01/19/2014 4:13:18 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: BenLurkin; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Mmmm, jelly doughnut.


13 posted on 01/19/2014 4:14:26 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: BenLurkin

14 posted on 01/19/2014 4:16:56 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: BenLurkin
Elvis needs donuts.


15 posted on 01/19/2014 4:17:49 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: BenLurkin
Close-up of Mars rock.
16 posted on 01/19/2014 4:19:28 PM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
Es ist mein Berliner!

Now that's the best line I've read all day!

P.S. I'm sure there's a "bismark" line in there somewhere as well...

17 posted on 01/19/2014 4:19:46 PM PST by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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"The Opportunity's working fine. I'll let NASA know after I finish...hey, where'd the rest of that donut go?"
18 posted on 01/19/2014 4:24:11 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: BenLurkin

The color out of space.


19 posted on 01/19/2014 4:24:59 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Elvis was there???

Christie...

20 posted on 01/19/2014 4:25:52 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: JPG
Es ist ein Berliner!
21 posted on 01/19/2014 4:26:16 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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22 posted on 01/19/2014 4:28:11 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

I always wondered where Dads put those ashtrays we made for them in the Boy Scouts.


23 posted on 01/19/2014 4:29:12 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: BenLurkin

Maybe a thunderegg just hatched...


24 posted on 01/19/2014 4:32:01 PM PST by eldoradude (Let's water the tree of liberty with THEIR blood...)
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To: Vermont Lt

I think it’s part of some luggage lost by an airline.


25 posted on 01/19/2014 4:33:47 PM PST by mkmensinger
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To: chajin; Rides_A_Red_Horse

I heard a very long time ago that when Kennedy gave that speech that an alternative translation was “I am a Jelly Donut”... I never really heard anyone mention that in the past 20 years... until now.


26 posted on 01/19/2014 4:49:53 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Vermont Lt

Looking at the left picture it looks like an outline of rock...I bet it was covered by dirt/dust in the first pic and then big wind blew the dust/dirt off exposing the rock. That explains the red in the middle...


27 posted on 01/19/2014 4:50:33 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: COBOL2Java

Maybe Obama. Supposedly he’s been to Mars according to this guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0C_oHCpQto


28 posted on 01/19/2014 4:50:41 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s not a doughnut. If it were there would be cops sitting around it.


29 posted on 01/19/2014 4:54:56 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: BenLurkin
“It looks white around the edge in the middle and there’s a low spot in the center that’s dark red – it looks like a jelly doughnut. It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before. It’s very high in sulphur, it’s very high in magnesium, its got twice as much manganese as we’ve ever seen in anything on Mars."

Martian poop.

30 posted on 01/19/2014 4:58:59 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: BenLurkin

Looks like a lighting and camera angle issue to me.

A diamond shaped object at exactly the right spot is present in the first photo.

Notice the rock to the left of the one the object is sitting on.

The shape seems different due to camera angle.

The object in question appears flatter and is not well lit in Sol 3528.


31 posted on 01/19/2014 5:11:49 PM PST by G Larry
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To: mkmensinger

“I think it’s part of some luggage lost by an airline.”

No, lost luggage forms Saturn’s rings.


32 posted on 01/19/2014 5:13:51 PM PST by G Larry
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To: BenLurkin

before and after aren’t exactly from the same angle/distance


33 posted on 01/19/2014 5:15:13 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: BenLurkin

"My God, it's full of Jelly Donuts"

34 posted on 01/19/2014 5:23:23 PM PST by Flick Lives (Got a problem with the government? Have a complaint. Get a free IRS audit!)
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To: BenLurkin

“Can we tax it?” said every democrat everywhere.


35 posted on 01/19/2014 5:24:03 PM PST by phalynx
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To: BenLurkin

Ohhhhhh.......that’s where I left that.


36 posted on 01/19/2014 5:31:44 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: BenLurkin
Looks like they already stripped our Mars Rover.


37 posted on 01/19/2014 5:56:10 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Maybe Obama. Supposedly he’s been to Mars according to this guy.

Been to Mars?


38 posted on 01/19/2014 6:03:31 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: COBOL2Java

ROFLMAO!!!!


39 posted on 01/19/2014 6:06:36 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: COBOL2Java

Figures a commie like Obama would like the “Red” planet.


40 posted on 01/19/2014 6:07:31 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: BenLurkin

I tell you, this is no way to sell vacuum cleaners. The dirt is still there in the after picture along with somebody’s half-eaten bagel with cream cheese.


41 posted on 01/19/2014 6:09:35 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: COBOL2Java
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42 posted on 01/19/2014 6:10:02 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: BenLurkin

Transformers: Dark of the Moon...real????


43 posted on 01/19/2014 6:18:14 PM PST by RginTN
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To: BenLurkin

mars.jpg, 48kB

44 posted on 01/19/2014 6:19:28 PM PST by Foolsgold (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: BenLurkin

the white looks like the underside of the red rock around it. the red could come from a layer of dust.

have they drilled anywhere? what’s it look like 6” down?


45 posted on 01/19/2014 6:22:51 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s a Marshroom!


46 posted on 01/19/2014 6:25:16 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: BenLurkin

Looks like wadded up TP with stool.


47 posted on 01/19/2014 6:33:43 PM PST by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: Cyman

Lol


48 posted on 01/19/2014 7:04:48 PM PST by Empireoftheatom48 (God help the Republic but will he?)
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To: Vermont Lt

It’s an old Lucky Strikes pack. See the LS-MFT on the side?

(Maydja look...)


49 posted on 01/19/2014 7:10:34 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: saganite

Does that come with or without the Earth-shattering “Kaboom!”?


50 posted on 01/19/2014 7:12:04 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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