Skip to comments.Curiosity reaches next destination, spots unexplained Mars light
Posted on 04/07/2014 9:46:24 PM PDT by BenLurkin
NASAs 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 rovers 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 JPLs Curiosity raw images website.
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Burning Man, obviously.
Reflection off a piece of mica?
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?
Sheila Jackson Lee says it’s from the flag we planted there.
Some stagehand taking a smoking break.
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?
It’s Martian bigfoot.
I’m going with alien smokestack. They probably thought we’d left and decided to grill some steaks in their underground bunker...
It’s the Russians.
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