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#31    The Silver Thong

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 12:27 AM

Stellar  sorry for being lazy , but what was NASA's official stance on the rock in question?  To me it really should have been looked at closer. Where the two colors meet they are not fused together. It does look like they where put together but not by "mother nature". It just looks to ummm for lack of a better term man made.

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 12:54 AM

Chondritic meterorite, accreted directly from solar nebula.
Small round granules. Sometimes brecciated by impacts, by which granules become angular.

Stony meteorites are from broken asteroids. They contain some iron or nickle fragments,
if from near the core of the parent body.

And, one other type are the nickle/iron variety. From larger, differentiated bodies.

The rock seen in the rover image does not fit into my simplest case scenario for
a meteorite. Maybe an asteroid struck Mars, and this is surface material that was displaced.


Perhaps we should take the RAT to this one, followed by the spectrometer.


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Posted 08 February 2006 - 12:56 AM

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Stellar sorry for being lazy , but what was NASA's official stance on the rock in question? To me it really should have been looked at closer. Where the two colors meet they are not fused together. It does look like they where put together but not by "mother nature". It just looks to ummm for lack of a better term man made.


I have the same belief about the rock, but I do not pretend to have as much knowledge on the subject as those who work for NASA.




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Posted 08 February 2006 - 12:56 AM

the faceted/chipped stone does seem out of place with the smooth "probably eroded" bottom part. I wonder why its standing... seems it should fall over with the rounded bottom...


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Posted 08 February 2006 - 12:57 AM

I think it is a piece of cheese. Yummy!

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 02:43 PM

If it is man-made, my guess would be a form of space de4bris/remnants of other mars mission? hmm.gif Maybe its a piece of beagle tongue.gif

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 12:18 AM


Ok I cooled my heels a bit - fantastic responses - thanks gang : )


Here's a brief response from a big-time (online) meteorite dealer/collector.

I am puzzled.  I sent a link to the meteorite list and have not seen any comment(s) that would help identify it.

Amazing how the rovers are still active.

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So still looks to be pretty puzzling .... hmmm    disgust.gif

Not sure if NASA has an official take on this - I'd be interested in (I think we all would be)  in some elaboration / expansion on the constituent components of the two obviously very distinct phases.  I liked  the observation of "why hasn't this thing fallen over!!"  Certainly looks top heavy.  Looks kinda fresh too - not particularly weathered - not that I'm an expert on Martian weathering.   huh.gif    But certainly it would appear - based on cursory exam - to be of (much) more recent vintage than the surrounding "cinders."


Thanks for your efforts guys - it would be interesting to get something a little more definitve out of NASA on this.  I think it fair to say - their silence is somehow deafening.     wacko.gif
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Posted 18 February 2006 - 05:43 AM

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 04:57 PM

The rock looks kinda fake...

EDIT: I just came into this, but I'm agreeing with the skeptics, that rock look really fake man...

Edited by DaKong, 18 February 2006 - 05:02 PM.

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