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Spidery black objects on Mars surface raise speculation [Was David Bowie right?]
yahoo ^ | October 4, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer

Posted on 10/04/2012 3:41:05 PM PDT by grundle

Someone alert Ziggy Stardust, there appear to be spiders on Mars.

Strange black objects seen from 200 miles above the surface of Mars are generating interest and speculation that the unidentified objects could be anything from geysers to sunbathing colonies of microorganisms.

NPR presents several photos of the objects, including one taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Jan. 27, 2010, that appears to show "little black flecks dotting the ridges, mostly on the sunny side, like sunbathing spiders sitting in rows."

The objects were first spotted in 1998. Interestingly, they appear when the surface of Mars begins to warm, showing up in the same location most of the time. And then when the Martian winter approaches, they disappear with the same precise regularity. The images have been brought into greater detail by Michael Benson in his book "Planetfall: New Solar System Visions."

Most scientists, including teams from the U.S. Geological Survey, Hungary and the European Space Agency, have their own theories, but the leading explanation is that the objects are geysers of CO2 exploding from underneath the planet's surface.

"If you were there, you'd be standing on a slab of carbon dioxide ice," Phil Christensen of Arizona State University told NPR. "All around you, roaring jets of carbon dioxide gas are throwing sand and dust a couple hundred feet into the air. The ground below would be rumbling. You'd feel it in your space boots."

And while the geyser theory is the most popular explanation, it has yet to be verified.

In the meantime, there are some interesting alternative theories, including one from a group of Hungarian scientists, who have speculated that the objects are actually colonies of photosynthetic Martian microorganisms that emerge each year to sunbathe in the warm weather.

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I'm more curious about the object that is under the black things - what is that? Is it a shell from a living creature? Is is a structure built by intelligent beings? What is that thing?

Love the Bowie reference!

1 posted on 10/04/2012 3:41:15 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Looks like the shell of a giant Martian lobster!


2 posted on 10/04/2012 3:44:48 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: grundle

Dunes - windblown formations.


3 posted on 10/04/2012 3:45:34 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: grundle

I’m guessing the black is some kind of mineral deposit and the big things are dunes. (photo taken from 200 miles up)


4 posted on 10/04/2012 3:45:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: grundle

I bet Major Tom’s a junkie.


5 posted on 10/04/2012 3:46:05 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: Inyo-Mono

Why not Zoidberg?


6 posted on 10/04/2012 3:47:20 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: grundle

Never mind. Its just Weird & Gilly.


7 posted on 10/04/2012 3:49:43 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: rawcatslyentist

Didn’t you all watch B5

Those are Shadow attack vessels!


8 posted on 10/04/2012 3:50:44 PM PDT by Reily (l)
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To: grundle; SunkenCiv

... for your consideration.


9 posted on 10/04/2012 3:50:44 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: grundle

Aren’t those things like the worms in Dune (the creatures that make the spice?)


10 posted on 10/04/2012 3:51:55 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: momtothree

“Send men... to summon WORMS!”


11 posted on 10/04/2012 3:55:17 PM PDT by Noumenon (“...the other side wants everything in America to be free, except us.” Paul Ryan)
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To: grundle

“from geysers to sunbathing colonies of microorganisms. “

Sometimes I think nasa employs second graders.


12 posted on 10/04/2012 3:55:56 PM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: grundle

Ugh, Martian sand Ticks, hate’em.
Just like earth ticks but 25 feet across.
yick.


13 posted on 10/04/2012 3:58:39 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Strategerist

I saw something in the new photo from the mars over that will stir the conspiracy theorists. It looks a bit like a bird standing on a rock.

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/694179main_pia16202-full_full.jpg

Center right in the middle distance about even with where the mountains start coming into view.


14 posted on 10/04/2012 4:00:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: grundle; KevinDavis; SunkenCiv

That does look like a shell!!


15 posted on 10/04/2012 4:01:40 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

I’d like to see a larger area view.


16 posted on 10/04/2012 4:03:23 PM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: momtothree

Those black spots are Paul “Muadeeb” and the Fremen catching a ride on spice worms. There, I solved the riddle.


17 posted on 10/04/2012 4:03:54 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Inyo-Mono
"Looks like the shell of a giant Martian lobster!

Lobster Man From Mars

18 posted on 10/04/2012 4:03:57 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: grundle

That is one heck of a rock formation


19 posted on 10/04/2012 4:05:42 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: grundle

Reminds me of the old episode from 1950 on a radio show “Dimension X.” The story was called “The Martian Death March” written by Ernest Kinoy. It was about a man, in 2027 recalling his boyhood with his father on Mars back in 1997 where he witnessed an old man leading Martians on a march from their reservations to another place to live. The Martians were tall and skinny and were called “Spiders.” It sort of remind me of the civil rights marches that would occur later in that decade and onward into the 1960’s


20 posted on 10/04/2012 4:05:55 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (June 28th, 2012, the Day America Jumped The Shark.)
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To: grundle

Didn’t anybody see Aliens??? Do not investigate!


21 posted on 10/04/2012 4:07:53 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: cripplecreek

Keep looking at those photos folks, one of these days
some lucky human is going to spot a fossil.


22 posted on 10/04/2012 4:10:09 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: grundle

When you enlarge the picture, it looks like their are hairs on them at certain points, kind of like the hair that is on a caterpillar. Don’t know if it’s a flaw in the camera shot, or if it could be patterns left on the sand from the wind blowing across the shell-like objects.


23 posted on 10/04/2012 4:15:51 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: 3Fingas

I think you have a leak in your stillsuit

If those are dunes, whats underneath them?


24 posted on 10/04/2012 4:16:21 PM PDT by winodog
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To: Strategerist
The "Martian owl" I've discovered.

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25 posted on 10/04/2012 4:24:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: grundle

Bflr


26 posted on 10/04/2012 4:29:05 PM PDT by colinhester
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To: grundle
I'm more curious about the object that is under the black things - what is that? Is it a shell from a living creature? Is is a structure built by intelligent beings? What is that thing?

They are called BARCHANS. The following picture is from a desert here on Earth. They are very common.


27 posted on 10/04/2012 4:31:29 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: grundle
Here are some more, from MARS.


28 posted on 10/04/2012 4:32:58 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: momtothree; GeronL

Thanks momgtothree and GeronL.


29 posted on 10/04/2012 4:36:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...
Thanks momgtothree and GeronL.



30 posted on 10/04/2012 4:38:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: grundle

Spice!!!!


31 posted on 10/04/2012 4:42:13 PM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: grundle

Sea shells?


32 posted on 10/04/2012 4:43:29 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: cripplecreek

Owl?

Its a vulture!


33 posted on 10/04/2012 4:45:07 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: grundle

One of the exoskeletons from a dead ALIEN that Riply waxed.


34 posted on 10/04/2012 4:51:04 PM PDT by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: cripplecreek

Looks like a hawk scanning for prey.


35 posted on 10/04/2012 4:56:51 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: UCANSEE2

Thanks - what a COOL photo!!


36 posted on 10/04/2012 4:57:52 PM PDT by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: cripplecreek

You should call him Maowl :)


37 posted on 10/04/2012 4:58:31 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: cripplecreek

Just as long as it isn’t a spotted owl!


38 posted on 10/04/2012 4:59:09 PM PDT by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: cripplecreek

Likely a kingfisher resting up from fishing in the lake in the left panels. ;-)


39 posted on 10/04/2012 5:05:54 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA

Its either that o some punk in a hoodie heading the other way.


40 posted on 10/04/2012 5:07:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: 21twelve

It is spotted; you can spot it in the photo.


41 posted on 10/04/2012 5:08:15 PM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: cripplecreek

Looks like someone in a burqa.


42 posted on 10/04/2012 5:09:59 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: grundle
"Bugs, sir.. Millions of them..." ..

43 posted on 10/04/2012 5:11:20 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Strategerist

I suppose it is perspective, but those are odd looking for dunes. Sandblasted rock isn’t really just right either when you consider the scale from 200 miles up. I’d love to see some close ups. The black areas don’t really look like shadow from CO2 geysers.


44 posted on 10/04/2012 5:14:03 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: winodog

More spice worms, of course! :-D

I don’t have a stillsuit, but considering the lack of rain around these parts that might be a useful thing to have.


45 posted on 10/04/2012 5:32:07 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: tet68

FWIW: They found one in 2004 - Mars Opportunity Spirit found what looked like a Crinoid (1M1312). The genius NASA team headed by Steven Squyres then used the grinder to grind off the offending formation to see further into the rock surface on Stone Mountain - they also found what looked like Blastoids.


46 posted on 10/04/2012 5:33:59 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: Strategerist
Dune...and the worms!
47 posted on 10/04/2012 5:34:51 PM PDT by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the word Obama!)
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To: cripplecreek
These two images are excerpted from the same HiRise product, which I found on page 56 of 62 for the "science theme" of "Aeolian processes". In the large image below, excerpted from the original product at full resolution as indicated by the white rectangle, you can see smaller scale ripples on its surface. From the product information, I think the ripples are a meter or two across, and the excerpted scene is 250 meters wide.


48 posted on 10/04/2012 5:53:20 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: grundle; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
[Was David Bowie right?]

David Bowie was always right: Let's Dance!

49 posted on 10/04/2012 5:56:02 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: grundle

Someone has to go there and look.


50 posted on 10/04/2012 6:00:51 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Take two Aspirin and call me in November - Obama for Hindmost.)
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