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Weird 'UFO' Light on Mars May Just Be a Shiny Rock, NASA Says
Space.com ^ | April 08, 2014 | Mike Wall

Posted on 04/09/2014 4:59:38 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey

Scientists are throwing cold water on yet another purported "alien" sighting by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. Though UFO enthusiasts may beg to differ, mission team members say bright flashes of light visible in Mars photos taken by the Curiosity rover on April 2 and April 3 almost certainly have a perfectly ordinary explanation.

"One possibility is that the light is the glint from a rock surface reflecting the sun. When these images were taken each day, the sun was in the same direction as the bright spot, west-northwest from the rover, and relatively low in the sky," Justin Maki, the lead for Curiosity's engineering cameras, told Space.com via email.

"The rover science team is also looking at the possibility that the bright spots could be sunlight reaching the camera's CCD [charge-coupled device] directly through a vent hole in the camera housing, which has happened previously on other cameras on Curiosity and other Mars rovers when the geometry of the incoming sunlight relative to the camera is precisely aligned," added Maki, who is based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "We think it's either a vent-hole light leak or a glinty rock."

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


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Miscellaneous; Science; UFO's
KEYWORDS: light; mars; ufo
More weirdness on Mars. While I don't believe life is on Mars, other than maybe microbial, this does tickle my sci-fi side with thoughts of an underground civilization

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1 posted on 04/09/2014 4:59:38 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey
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To: 12th_Monkey

Personally I thought it looked like a small dust devil catching the light.


2 posted on 04/09/2014 5:01:59 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Starbucks always turns their lights on at dusk....


3 posted on 04/09/2014 5:06:13 AM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: 12th_Monkey; SunkenCiv

Just to link to, previous.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3142150/posts


4 posted on 04/09/2014 5:07:09 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

What does General McInerney think?


5 posted on 04/09/2014 5:09:18 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: cripplecreek

I thought it might be a plume from some sort of out gassing event that caught the sun just right. But dust devil is a much better explanation.


6 posted on 04/09/2014 5:10:03 AM PDT by rotstan
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To: Dr. Ursus
What does General McInerney think?

LOL!!

7 posted on 04/09/2014 5:13:27 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: 12th_Monkey

8 posted on 04/09/2014 5:22:55 AM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Let the Great Martian Gold Rush begin...


9 posted on 04/09/2014 5:39:48 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: 12th_Monkey

Swamp gas


10 posted on 04/09/2014 5:48:39 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: 12th_Monkey


11 posted on 04/09/2014 5:52:20 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

The photo posted here appears to resemble ‘Star Trek’s - beam me up Scotty’


12 posted on 04/09/2014 6:07:05 AM PDT by V K Lee
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To: 12th_Monkey

It looks like a luminous jet or plume of some sort. If it’s reflected glint, it should only be visible during a brief time of day when the sun angle is just right.


13 posted on 04/09/2014 6:07:45 AM PDT by Spirochete (Does the FedGov have the attributes of a legitimate government?)
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To: V K Lee

ET is phoning home.


14 posted on 04/09/2014 6:07:51 AM PDT by Pecos (The Chicago Way: Kill the Constitution, one step at a time.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Most likely that is a reflection from the flag the astronauts left there.


15 posted on 04/09/2014 6:38:02 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: cripplecreek

Thats a reasonable explanation. That would explain why itlooks like a column, but red dust of Mars I don’t think would have that kind of reflectivity.


16 posted on 04/09/2014 6:42:01 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: G Larry

Well, they are everywhere, so why not.


17 posted on 04/09/2014 6:42:31 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: moose07

Good, at least someone else thinks it’s an interesting story too


18 posted on 04/09/2014 6:43:32 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Dr. Ursus

Wouldn’t know. Working on my ESP, not their yet.


19 posted on 04/09/2014 6:45:03 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: wonkowasright

Ha! maybe


20 posted on 04/09/2014 6:45:41 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Thats one way to get us their in a hurry...PROFIT!


21 posted on 04/09/2014 6:46:14 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: The Great RJ

out gassing from an ancient Taco bell


22 posted on 04/09/2014 6:47:56 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: JoeProBono

really looks weird.


23 posted on 04/09/2014 6:49:02 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Spirochete

And I would think it would show up again around the same time of day the picture was taken.

It’s just weird.


24 posted on 04/09/2014 6:50:30 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: bk1000

I’m sure Obama will take credit for it.


25 posted on 04/09/2014 6:51:19 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: JoeProBono

Strange. there is probably some reasonable explanation for this, but something shiny is not going to be likely seen like that, at that angle.


26 posted on 04/09/2014 6:54:26 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Interesting is an understatement.
It looks like it is more than just a reflection, imho.


27 posted on 04/09/2014 6:56:21 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: Spirochete

I agree. A glint would likely only be seen at an upward angle rather than at ground. Unless this thing is monolithic and the sun is at the horizon behind the rover’s back.


28 posted on 04/09/2014 6:56:43 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: 12th_Monkey

It looks like a point source of bright light that was distorted by the lens system. Cropping of the photo makes this less than obvious.


29 posted on 04/09/2014 7:28:44 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: moose07

I agree. It looks like it’s coming out of the ground. Strange, just strange


30 posted on 04/09/2014 9:23:58 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Born to Conserve

Possible, but that isn’t a camera from Best Buy. Video processing artifact, maybe, but it’s weird, whatever it is.


31 posted on 04/09/2014 9:26:53 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

It looks like a methane release. Better send the EPA there, NOW.


32 posted on 04/09/2014 10:06:12 AM PDT by aimhigh (John 14:21)
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