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Curiosity rover comes across strange rock

September 21, 2012 | Comment icon 48 comments



Image Credit: NASA
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has discovered a strange pyramid shaped rock on the Martian surface.
Nicknamed "Jake Matijevic" after the surface operations systems chief engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory, the rock is about 10 inches tall and 16 inches across. It was found along the rover's route as it was driving towards its first major science destination.

NASA scientists are now hoping to use the rock as a target to test the rover's contact instruments including the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer for determining composition and the Mars Hand Lens Imager for taking close-up pictures.
The rover team has assessed it as a suitable target for the first use of Curiosity's contact instruments on a rock. The image was taken by the left Navigation camera (Navcam) at the end of the drive.


Source: NASA | Comments (48)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #39 Posted by The New Richard Nixon 9 years ago
Looks fake, the same shadow behind the Pyramid is in two different shots however both at the same angle.
Comment icon #40 Posted by Rlyeh 9 years ago
How did you determine it was artificial let alone a pyramid? I've seen more convincing natural hills.
Comment icon #41 Posted by Wearer of Hats 9 years ago
I love how on the one hand the US government censor everything within an inch of it's life when it comes to aliens, and on the other hand we get accidental discovery of alien pyramids on something that itslef is admittedly by NASA edited before release to the public.
Comment icon #42 Posted by DONTEATUS 9 years ago
Lets leave all the CT stuff on earth please. NASA is doing a great job !
Comment icon #43 Posted by Kludge808 9 years ago
Lets leave all the CT stuff on earth please. NASA is doing a great job ! Liked, unliked and liked again so I could double like it. *sigh* ... I am not a real friend of CTists. About the only thing I see them as being good for is target practice.
Comment icon #44 Posted by RaptorBites 9 years ago
If you are not in awe, visit this panorama. Click on the full-screen button, then click and drag (small movements - it sorta works backwards..) Mars Panorama, Day 2 If that doesn't give you an eerie/awe-struck feeling about what it would be like to be up there, I don't know what will.. The landscape is actually beautiful yet surreal. The amazing thing about it is, the quality of the images we are receiving from Curiosity. Never would I have thought that technology would be this advanced for my generation to witness something like this.
Comment icon #45 Posted by DONTEATUS 9 years ago
Liked, unliked and liked again so I could double like it. *sigh* ... I am not a real friend of CTists. About the only thing I see them as being good for is target practice. You me and the fence post Kludge ! But one thing is an absolute ! NASA and the Mars missions should be kept going until we Put men on the surface ! Then we can Hitch a ride from E.T`s
Comment icon #46 Posted by Kludge808 9 years ago
You me and the fence post Kludge ! But one thing is an absolute ! NASA and the Mars missions should be kept going until we Put men on the surface ! Then we can Hitch a ride from E.T`s No argument there but not just Mars. It's important and we do need to go there in person but I believe we should be pushing out. We are, as a species, intensely curious which is why Curiosity is such a cool machine. It helps us scratch that curiosity somewhat with the information and fantastic photos it's (or, from a video about Curiosity tweeting, "she is") sending back. Now she's found a rock that has gotten th... [More]
Comment icon #47 Posted by DONTEATUS 9 years ago
THe Sky`s the Limit ! and Curiosity will find amazing things on Mars. I will bet we find everything we need to assertain that Life does exist Out there ! Water underground will be really nice to find !
Comment icon #48 Posted by Avanter 9 years ago
why nasa didnt show the other faces of the rock? if they are irregular, so, all the mistery will dissapear, but if not, it will be a good news for all. The people of the planet earth, we need to raise our view, to be pushed to exit of this crisis. so, why Nasa likes to keep the doubt about the rock? A fast analysis of the image, it shows that its base is a square, so, only a crystal can be fused as a faceted rock, and by the pictures it seems to be a common rock.


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