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Interesting mineral formation on Mars


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#1    william joseph

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:07 PM

http://www.universet...hing-on-mars-2/


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:17 PM

Interesting, looked like a little alien busting out of the rock, wonder what it really is.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:42 PM

I saw the flat image a day or two ago, and thought the odd look, like something reaching up and over the surface of Mars, was an interesting optical illusion. Have just looked at the three dimensional image made with two cameras. I have to say, it looks exactly like an odd-shaped something, with a dark, tapering base extending upward from the surface, the upper part bent over, reaching out horizontally. This upper part looks like it's made up of three light-colored, rounded segments, in a row. It's hard to reconcile this with a rock formation. If you try to observe this image with red/blue 3d glasses, just remember to have the red lens over the left eye, blue over the right. 3d glasses, intended for movie viewing have the lenses reversed.

Edited by bison, 07 February 2013 - 07:53 PM.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:17 AM

Yep, well its only the size of a grain of sand, and curiosity is still being commissioned, so they will definately not be looking at this any further.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:49 AM

Would it be possible for the planet to create it's own form of glass or crystals, that's what it looks like to me with the light shining through it. Similar to a Smokey Quartz from what I could recognise from the largest picture of it possible. But in saying that it could be similar to what crystals we have here but with a different chemical composition allowing it to raise up out of the dirt and "grow" technically speaking.

I don't know I could be way off, that was purely brainstorming not trying to say I found some great article on what it actually is. Does anyone have an opinion on that subject whether I could or couldn't happen? This is rather interesting to say the least, exotic gems from another planet :o or translucent dirt flower :P

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:03 AM

Universe Today is a respectable science news website, so this isn't some sensationalized story. The object *is* small, apparently about about 5 mm (3/16 inch) tall. This is still considerably bigger than a grain of sand. NASA was interested enough in the object to  take a second picture, with a differently positioned camera. They also went to the trouble to process the images, so that they could view the enigmatic object in anaglyphic 3d. The writer at Universe Today intends to seek more information about this object from a NASA scientist in a position to comment informatively, so it doesn't look like this story will go away, at least not immediately.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:22 AM

We shall see on this I bet its just a rock !

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:55 PM

Kinda looks like a metal ore.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:04 PM

It looks like a shifter grip for someone with 3 fingers.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:43 PM

looks like something that melted or a mineral deposit that bubbled up or grew.

They should have fired lasers at it!!

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Edited by ad hoc, 08 February 2013 - 02:50 PM.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:03 PM

The word 'metallic' has been cropping up in descriptions of this thing. The color pictures *do* seem to show almost mirror-like shiny surfaces at the top of the object. These include color anomalies usually seen when sunlight is reflected very efficiently from such surfaces.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:12 PM

View Postad hoc, on 08 February 2013 - 02:43 PM, said:

They should have fired lasers at it!!
I would hope they don't go shooting at everything unusual they see on Mars.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:23 PM

I hope they examine this object closely I think this may become a very important piece of evidence in the future exploration of Mars.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:41 PM

NASA will ignore it like it ignores everything else that comes up of interest.. there's your tax bux!


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:38 PM

View Postmarcos anthony toledo, on 08 February 2013 - 04:23 PM, said:

I hope they examine this object closely I think this may become a very important piece of evidence in the future exploration of Mars.

Yeah, that's a nice find worthy of detailed examination(in my opinion as well)





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