By Elizabeth Landau, CNN
As the rover Curiosity tries out more of its tools on Mars, surprises emerge on the Red Planet. After using the rover to scooping dirt, scientists saw something unexpected: small bright objects.
At first, they looked man-made and out of place, said John Grotzinger, Mars Science Laboratory Project scientist and professor at California Institute of Technology, at a news briefing Thursday.
But upon closer examination, these 1-millimeter flecks – about the size of the granules in the soil – were not uniformly bright and didn't appear to have come from the rover.
"The majority of the science team felt that this might be something that is actually indigenous to Mars," he said.
There are two prevailing theories about what these flecks might be. One is that certain classes of minerals, when broken along a cleavage plane, would have a flat surface that reflects sunlight. Or perhaps they're part of a soil-forming process.
This is probably not connected to the object that Curiosity found last week, which NASA scientists believe was "a shred of plastic material, likely benign."
The images that the rover sends from this location will help scientists come up with more hypotheses about how this area was formed. They will eventually pick a rock for the rover to drill into.
"Beginning with some rocks we studied before the scooping began, and going on now for the several weeks in front of us, those images will help guide us and give the team options of what I’m starting to call tours," he said.
Curiosity is currently situated at the "promised land" of Glenelg , a site of particular scientific interest on the Red Planet because three different kinds of terrain exist there.
For a little over a week, the rover has been sitting at a place called Rocknest, where it has used its scoop three times to pick up Martian material. The rover threw away the first two samples because they were used for cleaning high-tech instruments. Curiosity inserted material from the third sample into an instrument called Chemistry & Mineralogy (CheMin), which will analyze the minerals of which the material is composed.
"The most important thing about our mobile laboratory is that it eats dirt," Grotzinger said.
The rover has been operating on Mars since its spectacular landing on August 6. After Glenelg, it will head to Mount Sharp, a 3-mile-high mountain made of layers of sediment. Curiosity will examine these layers for organic molecules, evidence that life could have once existed there.
What we've done on Mars, and what's next
This is where Romney is hiding his money....this looks like some of Romney's pirate treasure from plundering companies.
Soon, employment opportunties will be available on Mars. Maybe minimum wage. No bendfits.
Plenty of benefits You are on Mars. Earth's money is useless just like the off shore accounts on this planet.
Not if the GOP have their way. They will go from sending jobs overseas to sending jobs overspace. Soon, the GOP will have sweatshops filled with zetas.
Earth wouldn't qualify as a zetian hive world. Coast to coast was saying afew days ago that we made some bad deals in order to obtain some of the recent high tech.
It was the democrats who cut NASA's budget.
Shoot, I'll do it for free just to get off of this idiot-infested mud ball.
"A new life awaits you in the Off-world colonies. The chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure..."
It'll be quite a communite :-)
What are they going to find on Mars they haven't already found. What a waste of 2 billion plus. Gee ! It eats dirt, and their naming every rock on the planet. The money could have been spent wiser.
@colin in Florida
Sorry, but you're mistaken.
The Republican controlled Congress pushed the recent cuts in NASA's budgets, not the president. It was also Bush who canceled the shuttle program back in 2004. What Obama canceled was the ill-conceived, under-funded "Constellation" return-to-the-moon project; which was never adequately funded since it's inception (all of it's funding had to come from within NASA itself; which would've gutted much of the unmanned program). Even astronaut Wally Schirra (before his death) called Constellation "Apollo on food stamps" (I was in attendance at a space convention when he said this), and that it was better off canceled. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin said a similar thing when I heard him speak in Pasadena in 2009. As you are from Florida, I sympathize, but please don't fall for more GOP fiction.
Who should be held responsible?
While Bush and O'Keefe might have started the ball rolling in this direction, and while Griffin did everything in his power to speed the program's demise, there was ample opportunity for Obama, Bolden and Garver to make other decisions. Gerstenmaier, who's responsibility it is to ensure proper support for ISS and human space flight, should have spoken up and said other options needed to be considered.
These people, by their silence, decided to continue on the same path established in 2004 without regard to the failures of the Constellation management and Griffin's designs. The whole lot of them are useless in my estimation.
There were ample opportunities for other outcomes. The responsibility lies about 75% with the current management, including Obama, and about 25% with the people who established the plan in prior administrations without due consideration of other options.
You think that up all by yourself?
In the late 80's I was a student at Columbia under Robert Jastrow the brilliant Nasa scientist who we fondly called Astro Jastrow for his incredible enthusiasm for space exploration – he said then that NASA had proof that Mars had had water on it and therefore at one time supported life as we know it. The biggest discovery would not be Ro-Moneys gold but the proof of water once and for all.
I'm really curious about picture 8. If Mars has no water on it, I would think the soil would be very dry and sandy. The tire tracks depicted in this photo clearly show compacted soil being held together by something that's leaving a very concise print. I don't believe dry sand would compact like the print shown in the picture. Any explanations out there?
Pour some flour on the floor and step in it. You'll find your footprint in the dry, dusty material.
Curious- I suppose it could still be damp with some kind of non-water liquid. I have no idea, this was just a thought after reading your comment.
Finding water would hardly be surprising. Ice (frozen water) is the most common substance in the known universe.
The grain size of the sediments Curiosity is moving through is likely much smaller than what geologists would categorize as sand. You're absolutely right – sand wouldn't retain a footprint like that, but something with flour-size grains (as mentioned above) probably would. There's also some factor from static charge, if present, between the grains as well as their shape.
As for some non-water liquid? It can't be ruled out at this point, but I'd be highly skeptical of that. The sediments appear to be dry and possibly behaving like regolith such as what you'd find on the Moon (not saying they're the same material, but some physical properties are probably similar).
The conglomerate is extremely solid evidence that free-flowing water once existed on Mars, and I would not be surprised if we find a lot of hydrous minerals (minerals containing OH- complexes as part of their structure or have some amount of H2O trapped within their structure). This is pretty exciting stuff! It will be very interesting to see what the bright particles are – I'm wondering right now if they might be some form of caliche. We'll find out soon enough!
Just because the flour appears dry to you does not mean it doesn't have water vapor from the air.
Hi there Curious. I can tell you what causes that without being a political wiseacre like the rest of the people that post here. We discovered this same phenomenon on the moon in the dust there. The sand and dust grains have very sharp contours with lots of little sharp points that stick and interlock with the sharp points on other sand and dust grains and that is what makes them stick together the way they do. The grains are not weathered at all because they have not been exposed to water.
Actually Smelly_Feet, water isn't the most abundant thing in the universe. Hydrogen and Helium are far and away more prolific than water, liquid or frozen.
Actually, you're ALL wrong. Rock is the most common material in all the known universes. It's all rocks. Tons of rocks. Just plain rocks. And maybe a few stones.
An elongated octagon flat 1 millimeter fleck. What mineral naturally occurs in that shape? What if its parts of a satellite face sheet from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (2006), Mars Express or 2001 Mars Odyssey (2003) satellites around Mars. Or parts from Phobos 2 (1988) / Beagle 2 (2003) http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a8/Beagle_2_replica.jpg ?
This is where you're hiding your brain, because you are stupid and everyone hates you. I hope you get hit by a Obama campaign bus you moron twerp troll loser.
Such rudeness should not be allowed. This is not about politics, this is about education.
Don't hold back ... tell us how you really feel!
What's ironic, is your ranting how you hope someone gets hit by a bus ... seems like the "loser" mantra is on the other foot now.
"Stupid and vile" is how one of my republican friends describes Obama. I should point her to your post so she understands what those words really mean.
Gold rush 2
yeh, I can see it now. The Hoffman's on Mars. Boy, wound they see some exciting set backs there. lol
Obama has more money invested offshore than Romney does. I guess they didn't cover that in your Democrat talking points.
Obama certainly has money offshore, as do most well off people, but you cannot legitimately claim that he has more offshore funds than Gov. Romney. Even most far right wing sites don't come to this conclusion.
really what is the source for this claim?? and if there isn't a valid source stop trolling at science locations..
It's "Democratic" talking points. Go back to school.
yeah the keystone pipeline is oil for the USA.....
oh wait they didnt explain that to u at fox?
i think that oboma is doing great at least we know what he is doing now and i think that he is really cute for being his age
I am NOT Obama, but I approve your message.
Obama killed NASA
Maybe it's one of Obamas failed shovel ready jobs.
You mean the shovel-ready jobs that the Republican Congress refused to fund? Heh?
Folks remember rule #1 DON'T FEED THE TROLLS
i know right. dont trust romney
Probably landed in an ancient dump....same stuff someone will find here one day...
Yeah – he thought ho one would ever find the money on Mars! Boy was he wrong!!!
The first thing that popped into my mind when I read that headline was, "beer can pop-tops!"
Looks like the moonbats have morphed into mars-bats.
Offshoring: What a childish comment.
No its Obama's safedeposit box wehre he keeps hi fake collage papers and his real birth certificate, you moron.
Obama will loose in a landslide and all you liberal magotts will blame Bush again.
Lets not forget... Obama killed the shuttle program
With the advent and widespread accessibility of the internet, online forex brokers have become very popular;
Wow, small shiny things on Mars...I wish we had something like that on Earth.
I love the fact that we're exploring Mars but the media just cant be silent if there's nothing to say.
And yet... here you are on a media website at 8am.
Just because it's 8am where you are, doesn't mean it's 8am everywhere.....lol.
In TTP's book, sun goes around the Earth, seriously.
Where are you?
number one reason to go to mars: survival of the human species.
number one reason for corperate world to go to mars: "we found rare meterials and gold."
wait let them find something interesting, the next mission to mars will be paid for by the pepsi company. lmfao
money gets things done, like get people to mars. in the long run the only way to get people to mars is to make money first. I know you want to blindly hate corporations because thats what your teachers have programmed you to do ... but without business we would have nothing. well unless you prefer communism. I prefer the carrot on a string approach rather than the getting beat with a stick approach to economics/govt ...but that's just me ...
Without teachers, we would n0t have made it to Mars in the first place
I see nothing wrong with moving all sorts of hazardous and environmentally degrading industries up out of our atmosphere. Offshore jobs? Nah... we want Off Earth jobs!
Of course' there's that annoying detail of "economically feasible", but small bits like that can be dealt with later.
At least we won't have to worry about illegal aliens taking our Mars jobs. Oh wait.., we'll be the illegal aliens!!
Wasp...Don't beat up on education simply because some people don't say what you want to hear. Without education, we wouldn't be on Mars.
HAHAHA. Now they are going to look to outsource the work on Mars. Next article will read "Slave labor available on Mars".
Could these shiny things be rhinestones from Dame Edna, possums?
the aliens that got there before us left that there
Swamp gas. Oh wait, do they have swamps? Nevermind; weather balloon.
Theres only one Jim that I know that uses swamp gas. Playa gold.
Mars Rover Has ADD, Distracted by Shiny Objects
Seriously, though, this is cool stuff!
Don't forget, it also likes to eat dirt.
Looks like a piece of Megatron's butt
Leave your wife out of this.
jajajaja…good one !
Very disappointing all the anti-semetic crap going on because of a shiny object
have another falafel, i think you're boss has accidentally given you the wrong site to place posts l....
Dear Rover, please pick up your trash. Love, Mars
It looks like burnt up space junk.
This is absolutely amazing! Sometimes it takes "extraordinary" things to jerk us out of our selfish little worlds, make us realize how small and insignificant we are in the "big scheme" and bring us down to earth (pun intended).
Did you really need to point out the pun for us?
These shiny objects tun out to be another of Romney's offshore accounts.
The human race sends eyes and ears to Mars, but all some people can do is spin it politically? Disappointing.
If there turns out to be gold up there, I'm gonna LOVE all the people saying trips to Mars are a waste clamoring to stake their claims.
If there IS gold there, do you really think you or anyone but the govt will get any?
If they did find gold up there and brought it back to earth, gold would actually lose value because of a larger supply.
Diamonds are nice... Humans don't make trips for nothing... Question who is first to live on Mars..
Any of yous gold fools think what it would cost to bring any back?
Good lord... Half of these responses are staggeringly stupid. I'll be the first to volunteer to go on a one way pioneer mission to Mars. I need to get away from the mouth-breathers that have overran this planet.
Jesus Christ, people.
"...mouth-breathers that have overRUN this planet", not "overrun". You need to use proper English, man.
First you need to learn how to construct a sentence, smart guy.
you won't be missed.
Jesus does not know English, ok people?
Hope you meet him while you're there!
Thus begins the Mars gold rush.
i aint no science expert, but by looking at those pictures it shows the availability of water in the soil, hence supporting some kind of life form. im so 'curious' about this space mission!
There was life on Mars. All the stupid people moved to Earth and the smart people moved to a new galaxy!
They're actually cookbooks (insert woman screaming sound)!!!!
Shine on you crazy diamond! DeBeers has your number.
It would be great if they were diamonds. Mars, full of diamonds. Suddenly, every idiot earthling that spent thousands of dollars on diamonds would intantly realize now they're worth next to nothing.
and why would they all of a sudden be worth nothing. It's not like they can just be shipped back to Earth.
Yep, I think it is proof Liberace was the first man on mars and dropped a few sequins.
Diamonds aren't exactly rare on earth either. Their cost is artificial.
They already found a planet that is mostly made out of diamond.
I'm glad to see you understand the basic principle of economics. The demand creates the NEED for a supply, in essence, the CONSUMER drives the market. So remind me again, "Who are the job creators?".
Now we just need to find some natives to collect them for us.
Naw, the natives would probably be dirty, primitive boarder jumpers.
Suddenly -Zionistas- are claiming they made a mistake, Palestine was not their ancestral home it was the red planet with gold a-plenty. It is clearly stated in the bible, by god. They're planning to build a rickety spaceship post haste, with US taxpayers subsidies.
looks like space junk that burnt up in orbit
Holy anti-semitism batman....Hatred much?
It seems like you might be slightly re-tarded....better get to a hospital........no such place as "palestine" never was........typical muslime, trying to bring up the middle east when we are talking about finding materials on mars.....P.S, Israel is rich, dont need to steal from anyone, they create their own things, most nobel priozes per capita than any other country in the world......1 billion muslims, have almost none........go back to your tent and eat with your hands....
A retard is not someone who was "tarded" twice.. it comes from latin, you knave.
"The most important thing about our mobile laboratory is that it eats dirt"
So, a useless piece of sh!t...
One may wonder what kind and what amount of natural resources it would take for mars colonization timetable to be a priority of humanity, Very interesting time to be alive. Even if researchers find something theres no way to get there and back with a haul of martian natural gas that will exist in my lifetime. Still, its pretty cool!
Look like Gold to me... or some kind of metal or polished rock
Looks more like a foil wrapper from a condom.
My first guess would be some sort of silica particles. If you look at sand formed from weathered quartz, there will be lots of small, bright reflections.
Could be a sillicate, but it looks more like iron pyrite to me than anything else.
Donald Trump's hair piece ?
Its Mitt Romney's tax returns !
It's your mother's diagphram. She gets/got around.
Nah. Romney paid the blackmail. We'll never see those returns.
No, but you are on the right track... that is part of John Kerry's fortune – acquired the old-fashioned way... thru marriage
It's your mom's dentures.
I can't stand an extremist trying to shove their philosophy down our throats.
Oh, that's where I left my keys, thanks!
I think they should dig down to ground water
GOLD ON MARS!!! ALL WHITE PEOPLE LEAVE EARTH & GO TO MARS, THERE'S GOLD THERE PLUS SILVER & DIAMONDS. But after you arrive on Mars stay there and keep your gold& other precious minerals there because if brought back to earth if will cause the destruction of the EARTH & will cause gold & other precious minerals prices to drop 1500% here on earth
No, No, No, shiny objects catch voters eye distracting voters attention from real issues here on earth. Politicians once again pat each other on back. Job well done!!
Don't be an idiot. You must be some kind of person who thinks about the many conspiracy theories floating around out there too.
What a dimwit! No fun on the internet for you, right???
There are crazies, and there are lunatics. Might just be the latter, chief.
Don't be silly. You know it won't stay in Mars. You could guarentee with mountains of evidence that it would destroy the Earth inside 5 years and millions would still dedicate their lives to building homemade rockets to haul it back here as quickly as possible.
Bringing it back to Earth will just cause black people to try to steal it all to make bling.
LMAO!!!!! trust me,we would love to leave!!!! ...Thanks for the laugh this morning..!! This beautiful planet would be gone with in a week if we weren't here,blacks would end up killing one another for eachothers gold! Oh ya..I rest my case on how stupid you are...did you read what you wrote,not the content,but how you sound like a 2nd grader wrote that!...Yep,with in a week...LMAO!!
Nice math, you Obama's accountant? How does something drop 1500%? If it did you'd probably blame Bush
Naw, bush would agree with the math.
Of course there is gold on Mars. Elements come from stars. There is every reason to believe that every element on Earth is also on Mars. Diamonds are another matter. There very well may be, but those here are from precess in the Earth that may or may not be duplicated on Mars.
Why wouldn't there be diamonds on Mars? Are diamonds not a particular form of carbon that is naturally created when compressed and heated under the surface of a planet?
Given carbon is one of the most abundant elements, it stands to reason that it's spread across this solar system / galaxy on various planets and/or asteroids that occasionally hit those planets.
What a bigot. Very sad, very sad indeed.
Someone asked (words to the effect), "What is the purpose of all this ?"
Elementary ! . Quite elementary !
The purpose is to induce many of you anti-science cretins to briefly roll out from under your little gray stones : They now know who and where you are so that you can be "asked" to report for "The Science Inquistion" coming up soon in a suitably equipped INQ-SCI Chamber near you !
Where is the image of the shining object NASA found....why didn't they show us?
You're kidding, right? It is image #3 in the collection above. Duh.
Maashallah – we shall claim Mars and establish an Islamic civilization there before the evil Amerikans take over! Alhamdulillah!
GREAT IDEA...! We can send all you religious freaks there and planet Earth can finally join the 21st Century!
We will save a spot for you on the next flight!!!
hopefully you will be the lead element.
Send all mus lims to Mars, earth will be peaceful and mars will become a cesspool
Follow them up with fundamentaliat Christians and you have a deal.
STOP. FEEDING. TROLLS. PEOPLE.
Also: this was not posted by an actual follower of that religion. This was posted by a white American "Chrustian" who is trying to spread negative PR by adopting a dumb online disguise. I can promise you this.
And it worked on all of you.
Actually Uncle Stumpy, not ALL of us bit. Some of us do know a slack-eyed silly A** troll when we see one. I'm kind of disappointed that there are so many, but I guess I should have expected it. Still, when the trolls are away the adults can play.
I love the images they have gotten of this new bit of terrain. I would like to see the science team do a laser shot on one of those granules, and see what the spectrum looks like. I'm thinking mica or iron pyrite and I'm leaning heavily towards iron pyrite.
"Mars rover spots shiny objects"
In related news, Apple fanboys are lining up outside Johnson Space Center to be first in line to buy the new products. Whatever they are.
After exterminating the Martians, the Jews left the "shiny stuff" behind when they escaped to Earth to take over by mental telepathy 10,000 years ago. It's a trick. The "shiny stuff"is just worthless plastic. But...ahahaha...you fools have spent 2 bnillion dollars searching for it.
Looks like a gold nugget. GOLD in them thar hills! Let's go get it boys!
GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS! First the bad news: life found on mars - martians colonize the united states. Now for the good news: martians eat chicago machine democrats, burn saul alinsky books for heat, and excrete fossil fuel.
2.4 billion? While children and familes go hungry. Nice going govt. Low lifes!
Low life? You have money for the Internet. You have time to view and read stupid articles. I doubt your children are going hungry. If they are, ought you be out working (or trying to) to pay for their food?
The money did not go to Mars. The money paid the salaries of all the men and women who worked on the program, so that they could pay for housing and food for themselves and their families.
Over $500 million for Solyndra which was already well on its way to failure before the loan, nice going government.
Dave is correct, the money did not go to Mars. The money pays the salaries of all the men and women who ARE working and continue to work in the project plus all the hardware required. In addition, the advancement in technology probably will be applicable to many fields (e.g., communication, chemistry, medicine, etc.)
Wait, the government doesn't create jobs!!!!!!!
2.4 is NOTHING compared to the waste of war and debt...get real! ***NEWSFLASH*** Howie...people don't eat money...the world produces enough calorific intake to feed the worlds population 1.9 times over. Hunger doesn't just 'happen'...it is manufactured.
I can't stand people that think that the space program is a waste of money. The space program is probably one of the best investment the country does. The program has made so many spinoffs of technology. For example computers, GPS, weather satellites.
We must leave the earth, before Iran gets its nuclear weapon, or else they might need the rover to find civilization on the earth.
That was a good one. LMAO!
They are Diamonds-–now the secret is out–the surface of mars is littered with diamonds as has been told in ancient texts. So now you know why we are really there.
Diamond values are way over inflated because companies horde them and only release them in small amounts each year. It is in fact a diamond cartel. From what I understand cubic Zirconia is more rare when found naturally although it is manufactured.
You are exactly right. What even makes it worse was all of the hype on 'blood diamonds' was bought and paid for by DeBeers in order to stop a source that was outside of their control from hurting their market. It never had anything to do with the 'poor miners' who were kept as 'slaves' by warlords.
What is the point of all this?
To keep scientists out of the unemployment line, of course. Beyond that, it does help add to the budget deficit, and keeps some people amused.
It is called science. Learn to appreciate it.
If you need to ask then you will probably never be able to understand...
Go back to your sofa and watching your 'Friends' reruns while the adults out here continue to work on advancing science and giving you new gadgets to keep you entertained.
Wow, all this nastiness over a shiny object on Mars. How's everyone going to react if they find traces of life?
ooooooh shiny! The worlds most expensive dune buggy might actually be earning its keep
They didn't clean up from the last hoax landing.
I claim gold in them 'thar hills!
[just in case]
Whats up with Masonic checkered pattern on rover???
Gum wrappers and soda can pull tabs
the coin is 'Tails". the rover defers to the second half.
Opportunity chooses to defend the north goal.
It has been confirmed. It was Joe Biden's gold tooth.
Why do I get the image of the Mars Rover riding across the landscape going "Me see shiny shiny!"... I've been watching too many Dreamworks films!
It's just the shreds of the last creatures that came to visit...
When you zoom in, it is very interesting, because it does not look very natural for the area, like it is man made... Maybe the rover is falling a part?
Do you even know what your talking about? The rover uses scoops of soils to clean its measuring devices with high heat and compression,that is why there is a different shape and color. Are there really this many slow people in America, or do they all just sit at home and leave posts online?
Sadly, you are correct. Schools have been dumbed down and the right wants them dumber still, by far. They can't tolerate all them "facts", nor people who can actually "think". Look at some of the republican clowns on the science and intelligence committees in congress...
Not to mention the Dems who sit around complaining about any spending on science while chatting on their iPhones.
This is the beginning....soon all will be realized. Judas Priest was right in their musings.
I see a lot of complaining about how "Curiosity" is a waste of tax payer money, but do you realize the new technology that is created by NASA from doing such studies? A lot of the new tech is used in everyday activities whether you realize it or not.
Secondly if we would tax religion we could send 24 Mars Rovers a year!!!! 24!! That is one Mars Rover every other week for a year, as studies have shown that religious tax exemption exceed $71 Billion dollars a year, and the Mars Rover cost $2.5 Billion.
That $2.5 billion for the Curiosity mission is spread over 10 years; the annual cost varies, but the average is $250 million.
I have no idea where you're getting your church taxation figures; those sound like pure vapor.
Excellently elucidated C412...! Reassuring to note that not ALL posters are bereft of reason and logic!
Kind of shocking we don`t see any articles about the European astronomers who discovered an earth sized planet at Alpha Centauri. And have data suggesting their might be more planets there. While the planet is too close to the star and thus too hot for life it is the closest star system to earth. Finding a planet so close is like winning the Jack Pot. NASA has called it the most important planetary discovery in a decade. Where are the CNN articles. Real science on CNN`s `lightyears` website. What a complete joke CNN has become.
Then you aren't very observant because I read a couple of articles on CNN about that topic.
you blind? i got home work for you, find your own planet.
What are you talking about? CNN has had articles about that. Are they supposed to not report on anything else from now on?
About 10 years ago I was excited about Mars missions. Lately, I have come to realize that nothing exciting will happen for about another 50+ years... It's a very slow industry. Forget about it. Maybe when you are a 90 year old man on your deathbed they might do something worthy of news. Until then.. nothing
Perhaps....best to to lleave Earth's problems to those who have already observed the passage of time through Light Speed for in the blink of an eye their expectations could be tested up until they deduce the proper Machinery of Hell
Looks like modern day Palmdale or Lancaster, but nicer.
Further evidence of another Romney tax shelter: a busted treasure chest of silver coins?
They have never landed on the Moon, and curiosity rover never landed on Mars, either. Such images are either from the Western Desert (Egypt) and/or the Death Valley, Nevada, U.S.A.
I think you have your tin-foil hat on a little to tightly.
lol i agree with you... that guy is still in the dark ages
I really thought earth imaging of the moon would end this argument .... guess not.
Nope. Conspiracy nuts will hang on to a theory forever. Even after it's been completely de-bunked. 99% of them don't really believe there was a conspiracy of any sort. They do it simply to make nuisances of themselves. They are narcicists. It's all about them. The other 1% are just crazy.
If they find a beer can or zip top me might be right!!!
Death Valley is in California. At least get a 5th grade education before spewing crap out of your trap.
No, it's Death Valley, Nevada – the Death Valley in California was faked by the USGS.
Thanks Big Al, for your insiders perspective. Evidence?
Hey Al.... the 'big' in your name certainly doesn't apply to your intellect now does it?!
What I wonder is why it's so important to people who think this way to believe that all of this stuff is being faked.
Dude, if you ever come up with a viable answer to THAT question you will be filthy rich, because the embarassed relatives of these fools will pay you zillions to cure them...LOL
They have never landed on the moon, and curiosity rover never landed on Mars either. Such images are either from the Western Desert (Egypt) and/or the Death Valley, Nevada, U.S.A
The internet doesn't exist either, this is just really bright paper.
You need to get your head out of Uranus.
Jeez....I didn't think there were any conspiracy wingnuts left in this forum. I guess they crawl out of the woodwork everywhere. Why don't you and Bart Sibrel go back into your mother's basement and put your tinfoil hats back on and just commune with each other and let the rest of us have an adult conversation?
Seems pretty obvious. The ancient cities of Barsoom have been ground to dust by the relentless Martian winds.
I wonder if a Gold Strike would spark another Gold Rush – did wonders for Australia in the 1850s. Population blew out 6 times that of 1851. Could open up Mars for people...
The problem then becomes "how do you get it back?". Gold is REALLY heavy. It takes a lot of rocket fuel to land a gold brink on the Earth.
Yeah, except for the little detail that the transportation will cost at least 100 times the value of any gold a spacecraft can bring back. Mars is not exactly Australia.
Oh, come in! They've kept ruins of ancient Martian temples under wraps for the opportune time to reveals it's "latest discovery" that will rewrite the books of the known history of our solar system. They are just getting themselves ahead of the game in setting up the stage for when the investors would gladly give billions more to a discovery that what is hidden iand well known to the few. For example: look up ancient ruins conspiracy on the moon on you tube. Time to get real people!
Anyone who uses colloquial expressions like "get real" sounds like a grade-A class preacher from the city streets begging for change.
Anyone that thinks this is a waste of money (as they type from a computer containing advancements from the space program) is dumber than a box of (martian) rocks.
Canada and other countries contributed to the NASA Curiosity Rover.
NASA is desperate to keep the millions of dollars flowing. They will do anything to generate a story that creates interest in their billion dollar toy robot experiment. Expect more stories like this in the days/months to come.
youre an idiot. its obvious from your pea sized brain.
it's martian poop!
Image 4: peanuts covered in cocoa powder, and a piece of corn husk.
$2.5 billion for a ADHD rover...
Great work NASA and too bad Obama isn't interested in it.
you monkeys call him a socialist. if you could pull your head out of your rear end you would know that the first privately owned space ship docked at the international space station last week, on contract for nasa. if you are not too retarded to find that story........ just copy and paste the link below, so you don't poke your eye out trying to find it.
obama cut NASA since they did not want to cooperate with muslim countries which he demanded.....
As a non-American I just want to say to my friends in the US you should be very proud of what NASA has achieved here. Inspiring and a reflection of what you can achieve. That aside some of the comments here are rather humorous.
2Bob: That was a very nice post. I thank you for the men and women who made this possible.
Thank mitt Romney for the binders he provided to find the women involved
more than likely a beer can
Sounds like WASTE OF TAX DOLLARS and found one shiney object turn out to be spacecraft debris. Nothing interesting is found in MARS. Just all rocks. COLLECT ROCKS.
Better way to collect rocks is go to BEACH or GRAND CANYON.
The waste of money is whatever it cost to raise a worthless illiterate m0r0n like you. If you had the ability to read you'd know the shiny object is not spacecraft debris. Idi0ts like you will never understand the reason for scientific exploration. And idi0ts like you don't get to comment on how tax money is spent because very likely they're not the ones paying any of it.
Thank you, TheBod.
I guess TheBob is praising George W. because Obama hasn't done jack when it comes to space exploration.
You can find Gold in Alaska and some parts of the world. Plus, earth is huge. Bigger than Google Map..
$2.5 billion on mars mission. There is no Gold, Diamond, Oil, Iron, Sliver, Platinum, Copper, etc. Just Rocks. What a waste. If you press 1. No one wants BLACK & WHITE PHOTOS. I can buy plastic kodak color camera for $1.20 at walmart or rite aid.
waste of tax dollars u r wrong
this is a great find and u have to try and trash it
this could be part of an alien ship, this could lead us to ET lifeforms
You are most definitely an illiterate m0ron.
Yes, such a waste on all this scientific exploration mumbo-jumbo. All that "advancing our knowledge of how planets are formed" and "figuring out how to expand human presence onto other worlds so that we can grow our civilization" is nonsense. That money is much better spent on things like, oh, say, supporting an invasion into a foreign country to pillage their natural resourced for fun and profit. $2.6 Billion dollars! Why, that's almost a whole WEEK of killing! Further destabilization of an already unsteady part of the world and fueling generations of hatred for the Western World is a MUCH better investment into our future! /end
And in case there was any confusion, yes that comment WAS dripping sarcasm and unremitting contempt for willful stupidity...
I'll bet you don't believe in evolution or global warming, either. Thankfully, Luddites like you aren't in charge.
You probably couldn't find your way to the beach or the Grand Canyon.
May I use some of photos of this article on my newspaper in Taiwan? Should I pay any fee and how? This is my news networks website link：http://www.anntw.com/awakening/ Please tell me, thank you！
Since you asked nicely, as an American citizen and taxpayer, you have my permission.
I suspect NASA photos are in the public domain. You should give credit though.
Because Opportunity is nuclear powered, it is likely to not last much past its lifetime unless it has some method of supplementing the nuclear power such as with solar panels so that when the nuclear power starts to fall the difference can be at least partially made up with supplemental solar power. The exceptions to that might be if they over engineered the power supply to be able to produce more current than actually needed. The amount and type of nuclear fuel will otherwise determine how long it can generate enough power to continue operations. if no supplemental power source is designed into the craft. All the other rovers needed was the right wind to clean the dust off the solar panels, although as I recall one eventually was functionally lost when a wheel was damaged which limited its potential speed and maneuvering to get out of a small depression. The Curiosity would need a big obstacle to have a similar problem. NASA could also have just based its estimate of the craft's operational life based on purely budget reasons, such as the money set aside to pay the staff who deal with the Opportunity from Earth, or it may have statistically determined the failure rate for classes of critical components that Opportunity has no backup for. NASA would rather surprise the public with a longer operational period for Opportunity than make a poor guess on the craft's life expectancy and disappoint the public. Who knows there may be men who have taken two years off from their job just to follow everything Opportunity does and to make suggestions to NASA. Everyone needs a hobby after all.
According to Pete Theisinger, MSL project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., the batteries could last 10 to 15 years.
im expecting to see the headline "Mars Rover barks at self in mirror" pretty soon.
That is not very imaginative for a craft with no bark. Try coming up with a storyline first that gives Opportunity a bark.
Wouldn't "knock" at least once.
I know what that is. Last time I was there I dropped some loose change as I was climbing back into my ship. I noticed it, but it wasn't worth climbing back down to pick it up. Sorry if I caused any confusion.
Someone dropped a dime!
I claim all the planets and all in space...GOD bless all his creations
Who gave you authority to claim my creations? It's greedy little twits like you who draw my wrath every now and then. You're lucky I'm not in a p!ssy mood today.
god! FINALLY decided to show up huh!? You...me... carpark...NOW!
The landscape looks like our desert in Morocco. A billion thanks for the american taxpayer to further help us know our universe better. Shoukrane.
la shukran ala wajib
Though we do appreciate your thanks, we would be grateful for any money you could send us to help pay for this excursion.
- The US Taxpayers
I am Nigerian prince .i can send you $6 million to fund NASA .Get in touch
Darn Mohamed, if we knew you were just looking for a few good snapshots, we probably could have paid some dude for gas and a 6 pack to drive out over to Alamogordo with his cell phone...
ahlan WA sahlan. أهلا وسهلا
Thank God you found my car keys! I told my wife they must be on Mars but she wouldn't believe me.
Comments meant to entertain but convey no intelligence originate in America. Sad loss of scientific literacy. And to think, we were a first world nation once.
We usata was ;)
Just getting ready for Romney to lead us back to the stone age.
Bright shiny objects, that could distract people who parrot political pundits staring for years!
A fragment of shocked quartz, perhaps?
Shocked Quartz is a possibility, but more than likely it is just a mica, probably muscovite.
Thank you. Can't believe I went through that many comments before seeing a post with the most plausible answer.
Actually it's MUCH more likely to be iron pyrite. Now before you scoff, think about it. You have an ancient atmosphere that very likely had a significant amount of oxygen, you have volcanism as evidenced by many volcanoes so you have iron on or near the surface in abundance, and lastly you had water flowing freely as evidenced by the conglomerates that we're seeing. Now you have to ask yourself what would be more likely to happen here? Sillicates? Or oxides and iron pyrite?
I'm not saying sillicates would be impossible. They DO occur in all three rock types igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary, but given the conditions I think iron pyrite would be the most likely result.
OMG, where is the Discovery channel? I can see it now: Goldrush, MARS. Let's go!
The discovery of valuable minerals on Mars could indeed trigger a "gold rush". To get private investment on such a large scale would require a significant incentive, and that could be it.
DATELINE MARS. This just in: The plastic object found on the surface of Mars last week turns out to be a ring that held a six-pack of Martian pop bottles together. Also not mentioned in the original article were what appears to be the polyester filters from some sort of cigarettes the Martians may have smoked approximately 880,000,000 years ago before their society died out from lung cancer and diabetes. The silver objects may be pull tabs on the bottles.
Sure glad operating this thing isn't my job, would have been bored after day one.
That's why you're in charge of the McDonald's french fries vat, sport. You're too gung-ho and energetic to be doing some boring job like driving a Mars rover.
...Well, we found a government job Mitt is quailified for.....................Mars Rover Cleaner..................................blast off Mitt, the sooner the better..........................
He won't go. He'll outsource a few jobs to Mars though.
He won't go, but he'll say he'd go.
Unless you don't want him to go.
Then he'll say he won't go, but probably will go.
It's gold! Let the rush begin.
Image 4 looks like a bandaid litter, already we are dumping trash on this planet.
i so believe yu it does look like a bandaid but it's pretty cool to actually look at it from this angle
I could see the lights of Las Vegas beyond the horizon.
Perhaps one of the 1,000 points of light.
Darn, I thought for a minute there that they had found my keys.
Wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing them with us.
Can I just say that with all the news of war, death, asinine campaign bickering, and general badness, these photos by the Curiosity and NASA's work in general are an inspiring oasis. It is incredible to see new pictures of Mars and learn about it on a regular, if not daily basis. When you consider that the Iraq war cost *at least* $757.8 billion, then $2.6 billion to explore mars and NOT kill anyone is a bargain. Thank you NASA, the US government, and the American taxpayer for these genuinely happy moments in my day.
Have to agree with you. It HAS been a pleasant interlude. I've had a really good time looking at all the great photographs and NOT thinking about all the crap going on around me. This election has been especially nasty, more so even than some of the presidential elections of the early nineteenth century. It seems civilty is dead permanently which is especially sad. And earlier this week after the second presidential debate twitter literally exploded with thousands of tweets by supporters of Obama threatening to riot if Governor Romney is elected and thousands more threatening to assassinate him. Sometimes I wish we could live on Mars now because people on this planet are losing their minds.
Get your rover out of our pile of poop.
We sent the poop there so it could fertilize our future garden of rocks... and now the humans are getting a rover to smack our poop?
Out out of here.
Thar's gold in dem hills, pardner !!
SOunds like a great find!
Wow.....ummmm....shiny dirt. Okay.....so.....where's all the money going again?
Winner for the dumbest comment yet
I think the '2/8's applies to his potential for applied intellect!
Clearly not to our education system based on the shortsighted, underdeveloped comment you just made.
It's never ceases to amaze me how ignorant and myopic people are.
So, it eats dirt and likes shiny objects.
Yeah, but calling it the Mars rover Kardashian just seemed wrong.
hahahaha! so true! i don't know what a kardashian is,but all i know is that its an exercise machine for black people!jkin
Image 10 looks like concrete.
Image 7 looks like the remains of an asphalt highway – after it had weathered for about 50,000 years.
Image 39 looks like something burned and broke up... or was spewed from Mt Sharp.
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