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Mystery Over Shiny Particles On Mars Gets More Exciting
TBI ^ | 10-17-2012 | Dina Spector

Posted on 10/17/2012 10:47:23 AM PDT by blam

Mystery Over Shiny Particles On Mars Gets More Exciting

Dina Spector
Oct. 17, 2012, 12:32 PM

NASA

NASA's Curiosity rover had been on Mars 61 days when she gathered her first scoop of soil.

Before the one-ton robot could finish sifting through her first small bucket of dust, however, all the excitement shifted to a shiny object found in the sand near the rover.

After reviewing images, the Curiosity team determined that the bright material was probably a piece of plastic from the rover and not material from Mars.

Or so they thought.

The rover collected its second scoop of Martian soil at the "Rocknest" site on Sol 66. More bright particles were found. Believing these particles were also tiny pieces of rover, the team decided not to run the dirt sample through Curiosity's analysis instrument to avoid contaminating the mechanism with Earth debris. The scoop was thrown away. That same day, however, Curiosity snapped an image showing part of the hole left when Curiosity took her first scoop.

The team noticed something different this time.

They saw that a light-toned particle was embedded in a clump of Martian soil, leading researchers to believe that the material could be native to Mars. This find completely overturned their original argument: These mystery particles are not something from the rover.

Following the discovery, a third scoop of soil was collected. This sample will now be run through Curiosity's Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument to figure out what it's made of, and hopefully

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KEYWORDS: mars; nasa; particles; shinyobject
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1 posted on 10/17/2012 10:47:25 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Gold?


2 posted on 10/17/2012 10:51:30 AM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: blam
Interesting. Odd that they'd think that something dug up from centimeters under the surface might have been something that just "fell off" the rover.

It'll be interesting to see what the analyzer makes of it...

3 posted on 10/17/2012 10:58:13 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: blam

1962 University of Vladivostok class ring.

Sorry, Comrades!


4 posted on 10/17/2012 10:59:15 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ncpatriot

Too bad we can start a gold rush to Mars and get all the liberals to go for it...just to find out it’s pyrite. Then we won’t let them come back! Just dreamin’


5 posted on 10/17/2012 11:00:15 AM PDT by gr8eman (Ron Swanson for President!)
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To: gr8eman

I like your idea. Any hope that a few of our more egregious RINO’s might fall for the same trick?


6 posted on 10/17/2012 11:06:02 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: blam
GOOOOOOOLLLLLDDDDD!!!!!

OK, that's unlikely. But maybe....

AAAALUMINUUUUUMMM!!!!!

7 posted on 10/17/2012 11:06:43 AM PDT by Antoninus (Sorry, gone rogue.)
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To: ncpatriot

Its a pull tab...


8 posted on 10/17/2012 11:08:07 AM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Elections have consequences....)
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To: Dead Corpse

I believe the 1st one in question was sitting on the surface, not part of a scoop. They threw away the scoop thinking that the soil was contaminated. Now they are finding them in scoops, apparently.


9 posted on 10/17/2012 11:08:49 AM PDT by SengirV
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To: blam

Much better close up here. Looks like a piece of plastic or something.

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/


10 posted on 10/17/2012 11:10:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Antoninus

The presence of aluminium would be diagnostic as well. Aluminum ore is typically formed in humid or wet environments.


11 posted on 10/17/2012 11:11:10 AM PDT by ruiner
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To: gr8eman

Just spread the word that there’s free Obamaphones there, and let their inhuman nature take over...........


12 posted on 10/17/2012 11:12:21 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: blam
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13 posted on 10/17/2012 11:13:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: blam

UNOBTANIUM!!!!!!!!!


14 posted on 10/17/2012 11:15:02 AM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: cripplecreek

They’ve discovered duct tape?


15 posted on 10/17/2012 11:15:46 AM PDT by Leep (Forward! to serfdom)
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To: blam

Find a penny, pick it up for good luck.


16 posted on 10/17/2012 11:15:59 AM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: blam
Before the one-ton robot could finish sifting through her first small bucket of dust, however, all the excitement shifted to a shiny object found in the sand near the rover.

Great we sent up a rover with ADD.

17 posted on 10/17/2012 11:16:27 AM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: Antoninus

just a shiny wrapper off a bar of gold pressed latinum.


18 posted on 10/17/2012 11:19:05 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: blam
Hmmm...looks to me like a piece of a illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator.
19 posted on 10/17/2012 11:20:06 AM PDT by Miles the Slasher
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To: blam

Democrats distracted, may not be able to vote.


20 posted on 10/17/2012 11:21:44 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: ncpatriot

It looks to me like an incisor fragment. A new species is for certain.


21 posted on 10/17/2012 11:23:16 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: blam

I used to play in the dirt like that when I 5 or 6. It was cheap fun.


22 posted on 10/17/2012 11:23:48 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: blam

A Hostess Ho Ho wrapper, I think.


23 posted on 10/17/2012 11:24:14 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: cripplecreek

Has the look of crumpled manufactured plastic. Interesting.


24 posted on 10/17/2012 11:25:21 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Antoninus

More likely, it’s debris of the first Mars craft that crashed due to the ‘Metric shift.’


25 posted on 10/17/2012 11:26:39 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: DYngbld

Too funny!


26 posted on 10/17/2012 11:26:52 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: cripplecreek

Looks like a stem from a banana..


27 posted on 10/17/2012 11:28:34 AM PDT by montanajoe (Blamed Flamed Shamed didn't vote for R/R or O/B)
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To: blam

Illegals trash dump site.


28 posted on 10/17/2012 11:29:09 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Conservatism didn't magically show up in Romney's heart in 2012. You can't force what isn't in you.)
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To: blam

Much ado about nothing.

Why wouldn’t the dirt have specks in it?


29 posted on 10/17/2012 11:30:15 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: B.O. Plenty

Yes, a pull tab from the Beer Can Conglomerate!


30 posted on 10/17/2012 11:30:15 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: blam

The CoasttoCoastAM crowd thinks the Martians all died off and left shape-shifting robots that took out the Russian Martian probe, Phobos 2. Be very afraid of this. Be very afraid. Bring back nothing from Mars. A martian candy bar wrapper could wipe us out.


31 posted on 10/17/2012 11:30:27 AM PDT by righttackle44 ( I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine . . .)
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To: MayflowerMadam

Or a Wall-Mart bag.


32 posted on 10/17/2012 11:31:08 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: blam

It is an old pull tab from a can of POC beer.


33 posted on 10/17/2012 11:31:34 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: blam

Thanks. Interesting thread!


34 posted on 10/17/2012 11:33:48 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: blam
Shiny Particles On Mars

Could be diamonds.

What do you suppose genuine gem-quality Martian diamonds would go for on the open market?

35 posted on 10/17/2012 11:34:02 AM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: blam

So the tooth fairy’s from Mars? Who woulda thought.......


36 posted on 10/17/2012 11:34:28 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Jab him with a harpoon.....)
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To: cripplecreek
Looks like a piece of jerky. Or a dog chew toy. Probably belongs to this guy ...


37 posted on 10/17/2012 11:36:46 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: cripplecreek

Looks organic to me...


38 posted on 10/17/2012 11:38:18 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Dead Corpse

It can happen.....I had a 1980 Pontiac Sunbird and one day the muffler just fell off.......it wasn’t even rusted out


39 posted on 10/17/2012 11:38:39 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Jab him with a harpoon.....)
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To: righttackle44

“the Martians all died off and left shape-shifting robots “

And one of ‘em was on stage debating Romney last night.


40 posted on 10/17/2012 11:40:34 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Hot Tabasco

Yeah... But how many miles did your Sunbird have? I don’t think this thing has even gone a full mile yet...


41 posted on 10/17/2012 11:43:34 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: al_c

It’s an endangered species, that project needs to be shut down and, a team of experts dispatched to proclaim the critical and
intrusiveness of this blatant destruction of this organism!
I’m series!


42 posted on 10/17/2012 11:44:25 AM PDT by Conserev1
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To: Dead Corpse

“Looks organic to me..”

Ah man, don’t tell me the hippies have already colonized Mars...?


43 posted on 10/17/2012 11:45:27 AM PDT by Leep (Forward! to serfdom)
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To: B.O. Plenty

Empty can of Skoal.


44 posted on 10/17/2012 11:48:52 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: blam

Alice Kramdens earrings


45 posted on 10/17/2012 11:52:41 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: blam

It’s a fragment of the common element known as litterin. Named after the Arlo Guthrie misdemeanor.


46 posted on 10/17/2012 11:53:04 AM PDT by HomeAtLast (Please proceed, Governor. To the White House.)
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To: freedomlover

Part of a Shadow vessel?


47 posted on 10/17/2012 12:01:17 PM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: muawiyah
just a shiny wrapper off a bar of gold pressed latinum.

Rule of Aquisition # 75: Home is where the heart is, but the stars are made of latinum.

Rule of aquisition #102: Nature decays, but latinum lasts forever.

48 posted on 10/17/2012 12:01:25 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: MayflowerMadam

“the Martians all died off and left shape-shifting robots “

And one of ‘em was on stage debating Romney last night.

Yeah, pretty much... That would explain a LOT!


49 posted on 10/17/2012 12:04:47 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: cripplecreek
Nothing to worry about, just shedded skin from a Martian snake, now move along, move along.
50 posted on 10/17/2012 12:26:34 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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