Rover Curiosity sees more shiny objects on Mars

Rover Curiosity sees more shiny objects on Mars

Summary: While scooping up soil samples the new Mars rover saw more shiny objects that haven't been identified yet.

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  • In 2008, A blowup section of an image from the Mars rover Spirit shows what looks like a person perched atop a rock on Mars. The image, shown here, was grabbed from panoramic images taken by Spirit November 6-9, 2007.

    A NASA spokesman said that the "man" on Mars is actually "a 2-inch sedimentary rock that has been eroded by the wind."

  • n 1976, one of the first images from the Viking 1 spacecraft showed a formation in the Cydonia region of Mars that NASA said resembled a human face. NASA scientists quickly interpreted the image as having been caused by the angle of the sun and the resulting shadows. But that didn't prevent claims that the "Face on Mars" proved there was intelligent life on the Red Planet.

    The European Space Agency's Mars Express, equipped with its High Resolution Stereo Camera, revisited Mars' most famous feature in 2006.

  • Zooming in on the "face" resolves the mystery. The ESA describes it as a "remnant massif thought to have formed via landslides and an early form of debris apron formation. The massif is characterized by a western wall that has moved downslope as a coherent mass."

Topic: Nasa / Space

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  • Oooooooooooooh .. Shiny pebble sized objects on Mars.

    Must be a slow news day. Grin.
    kenosha77a
    • And I hear that many of the Apple faithful

      are already lining up to buy one.
      William Farrel
  • Rush Time

    there's gold in dem der planet.

    it would be finny if it was gold.
    Richardbz
    • Gold on Mars

      I cant wait to see it on the discovery channel, Planet Mars: Deep Space Dredging
      Carl Dunlap
  • Oh it must be artificial

    ...because it is shiny and is on Mars. Sure. And nothing natural anywhere on earth is shiny, either, puh-lease. Now, show me a skull and a couple of hip and thigh bones close-up in high res, you will have a news story.
    D.J. 43
  • My daughter

    My daughter (6) instantly said: Dinosaur Bone!

    Let's all hope she's right; would be a pretty epic find. ;)
    Han CNX
    • Rover, go fetch the bone! Good Boy!

      Actually, that would be VERY epic if those objects were organic in composition.
      kenosha77a
  • Mortar line

    If you look at the pyramid rock in that enhanced image, doesn't the bottom edge of it look like a smoothed out mortar line ? its actually recessed a bit as well. Pretty cool. I hope curiosity has enough power to flip it over.
    Merrr
  • I for one ...

    I for one welcome our our new tiny shiny Martian overlords.
    jaypeg