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Sat Jan 5, 2013, 09:20 AM

NASA’s Curiosity rover finds ‘flower’ on surface of Mars?

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NASA has released a series of new photos taken by its Curiosity rover that appear to show a “flower” on the surface of Mars.

NBCNews.com’s photo blog reports that the photos were taken as part of an effort to capture 360-degree images during Curiosity’s trek through Mars’ Yellowknife Bay.

New Jersey-based journalist and photographer Ken Kramer has assembled the Curiosity photographs, adding color to give a realistic view of what the rover is seeing on the planet’s surface.

But what has really caught people’s attention is a raw image from NASA’s photo feed that one reader on Above Top Secret has called a “Martian flower.” On the posting, the commenter going by the name “Arken,” writes: “The Albedo (or Reflectivity of Sun Light) of this object is very high, and its translucent appearance, the irregular conformation (like pistils) and the 'texture' of its wider areas is smooth, and seem that it is ground attached. This is the SECOND TRANSLUCENT ANOMALY detected by Curiosity in Gale Crater.”

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Reply NASA’s Curiosity rover finds ‘flower’ on surface of Mars? (Original post)
malaise Jan 2013 OP
demwing Jan 2013 #1
Mariana Jan 2013 #14
Viva_La_Revolution Jan 2013 #16
NYC Liberal Jan 2013 #17
mmonk Jan 2013 #2
NRaleighLiberal Jan 2013 #3
Frustratedlady Jan 2013 #4
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mmonk Jan 2013 #20
jpak Jan 2013 #5
malaise Jan 2013 #11
slackmaster Jan 2013 #6
Octafish Jan 2013 #13
rusty fender Jan 2013 #19
Nye Bevan Jan 2013 #7
WilliamPitt Jan 2013 #8
malaise Jan 2013 #10
loli phabay Jan 2013 #9
farminator3000 Jan 2013 #12
Recursion Jan 2013 #15
Posteritatis Jan 2013 #18
IDemo Jan 2013 #21
edbermac Jan 2013 #22
malaise Jan 2013 #24
greyl Jan 2013 #23

Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 09:41 AM

1. looks like a rock to me, polished by erosion

as much as I want it to look like something alive, still looks like a smooth bit of rock.

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Response to demwing (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:38 PM

14. Looks to me like a piece of quartz. nt.

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Response to demwing (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:47 PM

16. yep, mostly quartz I bet

$1
any takers?

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Response to demwing (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:50 PM

17. I agree. But still looks cool.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 09:49 AM

2. A piece of cellophane some alien species left behind.

Everyone throws their trash out the window these days.

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Response to mmonk (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 09:54 AM

3. one of the last twinkies wrappers...ever!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:09 AM

4. Bingo!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:26 PM

20. .

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:21 AM

5. It's obviously the nacreous layer of a Martian fossil sea shell

I will name it Jpakus grandifolia

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Response to jpak (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:19 AM

11. Bwaaaaaaaaah -Jpakus grandifolia

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:23 AM

6. Weather balloon

 

Or marsh gas.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:31 PM

13. Reflections in the atmosphere.

Thermal inversion layer.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:58 PM

19. LOLOLOLOLOL!

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:24 AM

7. That's it! The switch that, when pushed, will oxygenate Mars' atmosphere! (nt)

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:25 AM

8. The Hamburger Helper guy

Origins revealed.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:18 AM

10. I thought it was a piece of Newt's trash

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:26 AM

9. looks like old dog poop. amazing find though.

 

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:28 PM

12. looks a little like a snapdragon...

NBC’s Alan Boyle writes that he at first assumed the “flower” was actually just a piece of plastic that had fallen off the Curiosity rover. A similar event happened in October. So, Boyle reached out to NASA spokesman Guy Webster. Interestingly, Webster shot down the plastic theory, saying in response, "That appears to be part of the rock, not debris from the spacecraft."

On Wednesday, scientists announced that an ancient rock that traveled from Mars to Earth over 2 billion years ago appears to have interacted with water on the planet’s surface.


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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:38 PM

15. Looks like a flower of gypsum

You see stuff like that spelunking sometimes.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:39 PM

18. Seriously? Yahoo sucks enough, but Yahoo citing Above Top Secret is just silly. (nt)

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:37 PM

21. It almost appears to my eyes

that it could have been attached to the rock at the upper-left corner of the red rectangle. The curvature almost seems to fit.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:43 PM

22. Martian weed?

This shit is FAR OUT!

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Response to edbermac (Reply #22)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:55 PM

24. Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaah

That's some serious weed

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:47 PM

23. A stupid description from one poster on Above Top Secret?

What a great subject for a news story, Yahoo!

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