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Curiosity reaches next destination, spots unexplained Mars light
The Space Reporter ^ | Monday, April 07, 2014 | Andrew McDonald,

Posted on 04/07/2014 9:46:24 PM PDT by BenLurkin

NASA’s Curiosity rover has reached its next waypoint on its arduous trek towards the base of Mount Sharp in Gale Crater on Mars. According to a Jet Propulsion Laboratory press release, Curiosity traversed the final 98 feet of its journey to an area called “the Kimberley” on April 2. The Kimberley was selected in early 2013 as a destination for Curiosity to examine rocks that might have been deposited in conditions suitable for life.

Curiosity is situated atop a small rise, providing an excellent vantage point from which the rover can see in context the four different types of rock that intersect at the Kimberley. Ahead lie several weeks of observation, drilling for rock samples, and analysis in the rover’s onboard laboratory. Reaching the new waypoint means that Curiosity has traveled 3.8 miles since deploying on Mars in August 2012.

Curiosity will conduct a detailed examination of rocks exposed at the Kimberley. The rover spent the first half of 2013 studying a site known as Yellowknife Bay. Curiosity used its rock-sampling drill for the first time and discovered chemical clues in the rocks that indicate that Yellowknife Bay was once a lakebed environment favorable for microbial life.

Geological clues to past Martian habitability are not the only remarkable findings made by Curiosity. According to Chron.com, on April 7, NASA released a photo showing a strange beam of light emanating from the Martian surface. NASA has yet to issue an official statement on this puzzling discovery, but the image is available on the JPL’s Curiosity raw images website.

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Bad pixel?

1 posted on 04/07/2014 9:46:24 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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2 posted on 04/07/2014 9:48:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

Burning Man, obviously.


3 posted on 04/07/2014 9:48:29 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: BenLurkin

Reflection off a piece of mica?


4 posted on 04/07/2014 9:50:53 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: BenLurkin
Naw, what you're seeing is a reflection of swamp gas off a weather balloon, intensified by unusual atmospheric conditions...now everyone, look right here, please.

>>FLASH<<

5 posted on 04/07/2014 9:51:12 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: dfwgator
They're just artifacts left behind by Marvin's dog K-9.
6 posted on 04/07/2014 9:54:30 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: BenLurkin

Doesn’t look like a bad pixel, noise or other electronic artifact to me. There’s almost a “glow” to it, a gradation from white to the gray of the mountains in the background. If it’s a physical formation of some sort it’s either vertical or the light is refracting to create an illusion of verticality.

Wonder what’s forming the haze in the distance, by the way? Just dust?


7 posted on 04/07/2014 9:54:42 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: BenLurkin

Sheila Jackson Lee says it’s from the flag we planted there.


8 posted on 04/07/2014 9:56:52 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: BenLurkin

Some stagehand taking a smoking break.

/s


9 posted on 04/07/2014 10:00:15 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: BenLurkin

Millennials must be running NASA, they are too young to remember the old rip away pull tab on beer cans, and how the aluminum could reflect the light like that.

Sheesh, don’t they know anything?


10 posted on 04/07/2014 10:04:17 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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11 posted on 04/07/2014 10:09:04 PM PDT by null and void (Politics: Voting for the monkeys that are better at flinging poo at their opponents...)
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12 posted on 04/07/2014 10:09:04 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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It’s Martian bigfoot.


13 posted on 04/07/2014 10:25:14 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Mastador1

I’m going with alien smokestack. They probably thought we’d left and decided to grill some steaks in their underground bunker...


14 posted on 04/07/2014 10:25:33 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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It’s the Russians.


15 posted on 04/07/2014 10:27:04 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: null and void
 photo DiogenesOnMars_zpsf88b8c10.jpg
16 posted on 04/07/2014 10:32:33 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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17 posted on 04/07/2014 10:38:25 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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18 posted on 04/07/2014 10:45:23 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee please come home we miss you! ~ Þ)
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19 posted on 04/07/2014 10:46:11 PM PDT by dfwgator
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20 posted on 04/07/2014 11:08:50 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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The Blue Flame Club initiation?


21 posted on 04/08/2014 1:43:24 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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Motel 6?


22 posted on 04/08/2014 1:48:48 AM PDT by 762X51
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To: BenLurkin

Could it be a Motel 6? Tom Bodet says “We’ll keep the light on for ya”.


23 posted on 04/08/2014 2:02:32 AM PDT by lucky american (Progressives are attacking our rights and y'all will sit there and take it.)
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To: null and void

It's a flaming faggot. A closer shot would have shown the pitchfork, too.

24 posted on 04/08/2014 2:38:55 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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25 posted on 04/08/2014 4:04:49 AM PDT by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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it's name is, GORT (1951;WTEST)..
it's "monitoring" us (1956;TFP).

26 posted on 04/08/2014 4:18:39 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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Someone else is visiting?

27 posted on 04/08/2014 5:49:27 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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Wyatt’s Torch?


28 posted on 04/08/2014 7:37:48 AM PDT by null and void (Politics: Voting for the monkeys that are better at flinging poo at their opponents...)
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To: null and void
Maybe this:


29 posted on 04/08/2014 9:49:38 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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