Feb 8 - Robotic Finger Found On Mars?

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 02-09-2013, 12:58 AM         #1
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Feb 8 - Robotic Finger Found On Mars?
 

 

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Green lines point to a shiny protuberance on rock imaged by the Curiosity rover on Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL/CaltechMalin Space Science Systems. Image processing 2di7 & titanio44 on Flickr.

The Curiosity Mars rover has found some strange-looking little things on Mars – you’ve likely heard of the Mars ‘flower,’ the piece of benign plastic from the rover itself, and other bright flecks of granules in the Martian soil. Now the rover has imaged a small metallic-looking protuberance on a rock. Visible in the image above (the green lines point to it), the protuberance appears to have a high albedo and even projects a shadow on the rock below. The image was taken with the right Mastcam on Curiosity on Sol 173 — January 30, 2013 here on Earth — (see the original raw image here), and was pointed out to us by Elisabetta Bonora, an image editing enthusiast from Italy.
“The corresponding image from the left Mastcam is not there,” said Bonora via email, “which is a real shame because this would allow us to make an anaglyph.”

UPDATE: Since yesterday when we posted this, the left Mastcam image is now available, and so Bonora has put a 3-D view of this little metal-looking thingy. After seeing this anaglyph, it is even more perplexing! Make sure you view it with the red/green 3-D glasses:
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3-D anaglyph from the right and left Mastcam from Curiosity showing the metal-looking protuberance. Credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems. Anaglyph by 2di7 & titanio44 on Flickr.

As Bonora pointed out, the protuberance seems different than the rock on which it sits – it could be composed of material more resistant to erosion than the rest and similar material could be within the rock, or it could be something that is “grown” on the rock.
However, it looks fairly smooth, and in fact it is not covered by dust as is the case for metal surfaces that tend to clean easily.

But “small” is the operative word here, as the little protuberance is probably about 0.5 cm tall, or even smaller.


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A closeup of the shiny protuberance. Credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems. Image editing by 2di7 & titanio44 on Flickr.


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Another zoomed-in view of the shiny protuberance. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems. Image via 2di7 & titanio44 on Flickr.

Here’s a full panorama of the area:

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Panorama of the area, from Sol 173. Credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems. Image editing by 2di7 & titanio44 on Flickr.

Whatever it is, the weird little shiny thing is interesting, and we hope to have more details about it soon from one of the rover scientists.

See all the
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 raw rover images on the MSL website, and more images on
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 Bonora’s Flickr page.

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 Another Weird Shiny Thing on Mars

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 5 years ago '07        #2
Sleazy 2 heat pts
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Aw sh*t, we're fu*ked it's the finger of an ancient alien race that once ruled Mars. Aliens exist; it's just they have been scattered all around after the first Galactic War.
 5 years ago '05        #3
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you know too much.
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 5 years ago '05        #4
Stuart Scott 200 heat pts200
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aww sh*t
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 Sleazy said:
Aw sh*t, we're fu*ked it's the finger of an ancient alien race that once ruled Mars. Aliens exist; it's just they have been scattered all around after the first Galactic War.
dude got a storyline and everything
 5 years ago '06        #6
RAZAH CUTS 5835 heat pts5835
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Mars' surface looks so earth-like and desert-like... fu*kin nuts.. we gon end up goin there watch..
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Optimus Prime n' sh*t
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hope im the chosen one like Sam Witwicky

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they better not wake the deceptacons up
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NASA keep poking around these extraterrestrial beings (sp) crib and about to fu*k us ALL over.

If NASA asked the American population whether or not we wanted them to fu*k with Mars guarantee almost all of us would say no. Leave them alien n*ggas alone b! Shieeet, I also bet aint not one Native American work for NASA as well. They do too much exploring, they know that's why the white man is here on this continent. Exploring gets n*ggas k!lled!


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 LowaEastSide5 said:
hope im the chosen one like Sam Witwicky

Me too

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 Di Warlord said:


NASA keep poking around these extraterrestrial beings (sp) crib and about to fu*k us ALL over.

If NASA asked the American population whether or not we wanted them to fu*k with Mars guarantee almost all of us would say no. Leave them alien n*ggas alone b! Shieeet, I also bet aint not one Native American work for NASA as well. They do too much exploring, they know that's why the white man is here on this continent. Exploring gets n*ggas k!lled!




mars like 1000000000 miles away we good my n*gga

 02-09-2013, 10:24 PM         #14
Chopzilla  OP
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I mean Im not opposed to it being "robotic fingers" but in the high likely ability that it isn't that..what is it? I mean whatever that is, is shiny as a mofo.
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 RAZAH CUTS said:
Mars' surface looks so earth-like and desert-like... fu*kin nuts.. we gon end up goin there watch..
Red Rocks! YEA-YAAHH!!


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 02-09-2013, 10:30 PM         #16
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 RAZAH CUTS said:
Mars' surface looks so earth-like and desert-like... fu*kin nuts.. we gon end up goin there watch..
unlikely. mars has no atmosphere, it gets extremely fu*king cold.

also mars doesn't have a magnetic shield like earth does from the suns radiation.
 5 years ago '05        #17
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bullsh*t photoshop
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some n*gga left their trash on Mars?
 02-09-2013, 10:55 PM         #19
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Yo thats some freaky sh*t!!!
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