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Curiosity finds shiny protuberance on Mars

Posted on Friday, 8 February, 2013 | Comment icon 107 comments | News tip by: william joseph


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NASA's rover has discovered something unusual - a metallic object protruding out from some rocks.

There have been several claims of strange objects in photographs taken by Curiosity over the last few months but this one is a little different. The strange metallic protuberance can be clearly seen sticking up out of some rocks and seems to cast a visible shadow underneath it. The photograph was taken by Curiosity's right Mastcam on January 30th.

The anomaly appears to be very different to the landscape around it and has the appearance of smooth metal with no apparent dust build-up. Some have speculated that it could be some sort of crystal formation or exposed metallic ore. Whatever the case, it will be interesting to see what answers NASA can provide in response to the questions that have cropped up surrounding this image and whether it might represent something unique that has not been encountered before on the Red Planet.

"Now the rover has imaged a small metallic-looking protuberance on a rock."

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Comment icon #98 Posted by Zeta Reticulum on 16 February, 2013, 2:15
Do you have evidence or an actual argument to back this up or is this just another kneejerk reaction typical of these forums where people take it upon faith that NASA are in the business of covering up every single interesting thing they find? The evidence is there for all to see. And also their lack of investigation of certain items.
Comment icon #99 Posted by White Unicorn on 16 February, 2013, 3:13
The evidence is there for all to see. And also their lack of investigation of certain items. I often wonder about Mars. Millions of years ago if it were teaming with life maybe even intelligent in the oceans or on land. It may have been bombarded with meteors which helped it lose its magnetic field during a natural pole shifting. Terrible climate effects would happen both to the atmosphere and even underground. Extreme cold and heat, sand storms, dry ice snow spewing at the caps etc. If this were to happen to earth how much would be left for archeologists to discover millions of years later? W... [More]
Comment icon #100 Posted by chopmo on 16 February, 2013, 4:41
Cheers for the photo, handy as usual This is now very close to the idea of fulgurite after a lightning strike as rare as they are, they happen. Don't forget the universe is how old? There is no carbon dating on the item, not even sure if that is possible by us at this stage? sorry if I'm mistaken, so it could be in fact fulgurite and an old piece at that, one that has been through alot of wind and sand activity to wear it down to a smoother surface as it's still got a fair bit of dirt "gripping" to it. Just like in the desert and or a piece of glass in the ocean would smooth the objects down o... [More]
Comment icon #101 Posted by Lava_Lady on 16 February, 2013, 4:51
Looks like an earring I used to have that its now GONE... what do you know about that, Mars Rover Curiosity...hmmm??? I wonder how it got all the way up there on mars... :/
Comment icon #102 Posted by Archimedes on 16 February, 2013, 19:58
I often wonder about Mars. Millions of years ago if it were teaming with life maybe even intelligent in the oceans or on land. It may have been bombarded with meteors which helped it lose its magnetic field during a natural pole shifting. Terrible climate effects would happen both to the atmosphere and even underground. Extreme cold and heat, sand storms, dry ice snow spewing at the caps etc. If this were to happen to earth how much would be left for archeologists to discover millions of years later? With the sand storms themselves it would cover any signs of surviving structures. We wouldn't ... [More]
Comment icon #103 Posted by White Unicorn on 16 February, 2013, 20:23
Cheers for the photo, handy as usual This is now very close to the idea of fulgurite after a lightning strike as rare as they are, they happen. Don't forget the universe is how old? There is no carbon dating on the item, not even sure if that is possible by us at this stage? sorry if I'm mistaken, so it could be in fact fulgurite and an old piece at that, one that has been through alot of wind and sand activity to wear it down to a smoother surface as it's still got a fair bit of dirt "gripping" to it. Just like in the desert and or a piece of glass in the ocean would smooth the objects down o... [More]
Comment icon #104 Posted by bison on 16 February, 2013, 22:23
That's potentially true I suppose. Unfortunately in the absence of no evidence, all people can do is offer wild speculation. If a dead planet with no past civilisation or life looks the same as a dead planet had life, water, atmosphere, etc. millions of years ago that all evidence has been wiped away of, then you should apply Occam's Razor and assume it's what it appears to be without adding unnecessary and unevidenced extras to the theory. If evidence does come through that there was civilisation on Mars in the past, then so be it, it can be discussed and explained then. Until them it's just ... [More]
Comment icon #105 Posted by Abramelin on 17 February, 2013, 11:03
The reason people once thought there was a civilization on Mars was because they could see 'canals' on Mars. With better equipment these canals vanished, but the idea stuck..
Comment icon #106 Posted by Frank Merton on 17 February, 2013, 11:08
It looks like a featherless turkey with a model car for a head.
Comment icon #107 Posted by bison on 17 February, 2013, 16:02
The reason people once thought there was a civilization on Mars was because they could see 'canals' on Mars. With better equipment these canals vanished, but the idea stuck.. Percival Lowell, prime exponent of the Martian canals, thought that there was a *current* civilization on Mars. Today we know that conditions on Mars rendered it conceivably habitable by higher forms of life a very long time ago, but not now. Since Mars is substantially smaller than Earth, it could have cooled from its hot primordial state sooner than Earth did. This might have allowed it to get a head start on Earth life... [More]


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