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   Curiosity rover on Mars is shown studying rocks, soil, a flower. Wait....what?

04 Jan 2013 09:18 AM   |   20037 clicks   |   NBC News
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TheOther     
Proving the existence of Martian bees.

04 Jan 2013 09:20 AM
Nayman     
OMG SOMETHING SHINY

04 Jan 2013 09:20 AM
FinFangFark     
The plastic is the start of a planet wide pile of recyclable garbage.  Someone already beat us to the punch on ruining Mars.

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04 Jan 2013 09:20 AM
Random Anonymous Blackmail     
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04 Jan 2013 09:22 AM
btraz70     
Coolest stuff ever...

04 Jan 2013 09:25 AM
duffblue     
I would like to see an undoctored picture some time. Like why did they add in the sky?

04 Jan 2013 09:35 AM
HoityToity     
Looks like a used condom.

04 Jan 2013 09:37 AM
Invincible     

duffblue: I would like to see an undoctored picture some time. Like why did they add in the sky?


Mars doesn't have a sky?

04 Jan 2013 09:39 AM
Scorpio Rex     

Invincible: duffblue: I would like to see an undoctored picture some time. Like why did they add in the sky?

Mars doesn't have a sky?



It got cracked.

04 Jan 2013 09:45 AM
probesport     

duffblue: I would like to see an undoctored picture some time. Like why did they add in the sky?


The sky is crying.

04 Jan 2013 09:57 AM
lilbjorn     
How did anyone get 'flower' from that?

04 Jan 2013 09:58 AM
Rich Cream     
IT'S A DIAMOND! MINE! ALL MINE!

04 Jan 2013 10:00 AM
DontMakeMeComeBackThere     

lilbjorn: How did anyone get 'flower' from that?


From TFA: "The translucent shape is reminiscent of a flower's pistils"

And: No, no it isn't.

04 Jan 2013 10:01 AM
UNAUTHORIZED FINGER     
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It fell out of O.J.'s pocket.

04 Jan 2013 10:04 AM
MythDragon     
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04 Jan 2013 10:07 AM
sprag     
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A Flower?!?

04 Jan 2013 10:08 AM
cutullus     
Please let it be diamonds
Please let it be diamonds
Please let it be diamonds
Please let it be diamonds
Please let it be diamonds


What, you think we will have a manned Mars mission in our lifetime if it isn't diamonds?

04 Jan 2013 10:12 AM
NeoBad     
The fact that we have a working craft exploring another planet and sending us back pictures and scientific information is amazing enough for me; looks like some martian anal sex devil poop to me.....

04 Jan 2013 10:18 AM
GypsyJoker     
Martian fire flowers?

04 Jan 2013 10:19 AM
No Time To Explain     

TheOther: Proving the existence of Martian bees.


No, not the martian bees

04 Jan 2013 10:24 AM
spickus     

cutullus: Please let it be diamonds
Please let it be diamonds
Please let it be diamonds
Please let it be diamonds
Please let it be diamonds


What, you think we will have a manned Mars mission in our lifetime if it isn't diamonds?


De Beers has plenty here.

04 Jan 2013 10:25 AM
Llois     
It's a street lamp.

04 Jan 2013 10:31 AM
ObscureNameHere     

probesport: duffblue: I would like to see an undoctored picture some time. Like why did they add in the sky?

The sky is crying.


Damn you.

Can'tyouseethetears rooooll down the street?

*wheeeeeeeee-wadooo! do-do-do-do*

04 Jan 2013 10:31 AM
roughridersfan     
They could use that fancy-schmancy laser and take a shot at this "flower" and see what kind of data they pick up. That would help determine the composition.

04 Jan 2013 10:32 AM
Catsaregreen     
Came for the Suppers Ready reference, leaving very satisfied.

04 Jan 2013 10:33 AM
Silverstaff     

cutullus: Please let it be diamonds
Please let it be diamonds
Please let it be diamonds
Please let it be diamonds
Please let it be diamonds


What, you think we will have a manned Mars mission in our lifetime if it isn't diamonds?


If it has vastly abundant rare earth metals, then that might get some attention.

04 Jan 2013 10:48 AM
theguyyousaw     
Did I miss something?

Why on EARTH did they send a black and white camera to Mars?

04 Jan 2013 10:55 AM
trappedspirit     

theguyyousaw: Did I miss something?

Why on EARTH did they send a black and white camera to Mars?


Not only that but they didn't take a microphone either.

04 Jan 2013 11:02 AM
Void_Beavis     

theguyyousaw: Did I miss something?

Why on EARTH did they send a black and white camera to Mars?


Because transmitting a black and white photo requires less bandwidth than a color photo. Something to consider when you're transmitting a signal from something that has to be energy efficient across 100.7 million km (62.6 million miles).

There are of course, color cameras on board as well.

04 Jan 2013 11:05 AM
DeathCipris     
Looks like maybe gypsum or some sort of quartz mineral formation.

04 Jan 2013 11:06 AM
croesius     
FTA: "They stitched together the black-and-white images, filled in the gaps in the Martian sky and colorized the scene to reflect what an observer on Mars might see."

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04 Jan 2013 11:09 AM
drongozone     
Get your aster to Mars.

04 Jan 2013 11:15 AM
probesport     
It's the freakiest show.

04 Jan 2013 11:37 AM
Slaves2Darkness     

cutullus: Please let it be diamonds
Please let it be diamonds
Please let it be diamonds
Please let it be diamonds
Please let it be diamonds


What, you think we will have a manned Mars mission in our lifetime if it isn't diamonds?


Meh, diamonds are cheap and easy to make or find on earth. It would be of more interest if it was an unknown material, maybe a new element for the old periodic chart. If such an element existed and it had the properties of a super conductor then we would be likely to mount a manned scientific and survey mission to Mars. Hell maybe even establish a mining base.

We will only have bases or colonies on other planets when there proves to be something worth exploiting.

04 Jan 2013 11:40 AM
Keeve     

trappedspirit: theguyyousaw: Did I miss something?

Why on EARTH did they send a black and white camera to Mars?

Not only that but they didn't take a microphone either.


So Martian karaoke is out of the question.

04 Jan 2013 11:56 AM
TheGogmagog     

ObscureNameHere: probesport: duffblue: I would like to see an undoctored picture some time. Like why did they add in the sky?

The sky is crying.

Damn you.

Can't you see the tears rooooll down the street?

*wheeeeeeeee-wadooo! do-do-do-do*


I was thinking it was something from Robbie Robertson, but I'm not finding it. I'm not sure how the Stevie Ray Vaughan song is relevant.

04 Jan 2013 11:57 AM
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04 Jan 2013 12:11 PM
ObscureNameHere     

TheGogmagog: ObscureNameHere: probesport: duffblue: I would like to see an undoctored picture some time. Like why did they add in the sky?

The sky is crying.

Damn you.

Can't you see the tears rooooll down the street?

*wheeeeeeeee-wadooo! do-do-do-do*

I was thinking it was something from Robbie Robertson, but I'm not finding it. I'm not sure how the Stevie Ray Vaughan song is relevant.


Guy posts "The sky is crying"

I post a reference to the famous Stevie Ray Vaughan song called "The sky is crying"

You are confused.... why?

04 Jan 2013 12:46 PM
TheGogmagog     

TheGogmagog: ObscureNameHere: probesport: duffblue: I would like to see an undoctored picture some time. Like why did they add in the sky?

The sky is crying.

Damn you.

Can't you see the tears rooooll down the street?

*wheeeeeeeee-wadooo! do-do-do-do*

I was thinking it was something from Robbie Robertson, but I'm not finding it. I'm not sure how the Stevie Ray Vaughan song is relevant.


Found it in Sonny got caught in the moonlight. I'm guessing the comment wasn't song related though.

04 Jan 2013 12:51 PM
stupiddream     

sprag: [i112.photobucket.com image 500x496]

A Flower?!?


The trees, the sky, a lily fair?

04 Jan 2013 01:22 PM
GypsyJoker     

stupiddream: sprag: [i112.photobucket.com image 500x496]

A Flower?!?

The trees, the sky, a lily fair?


Butterflies, flutterbyes, gutterflies.

04 Jan 2013 02:07 PM
brantgoose    [TotalFark]  
The most boring and mundane explanation I can think of is that it is an inclusion of quartz-type rock, possibly deposited by flowing water which carried it from elsewhere.

The least boring and mundane explanation that explains why it is bright, shiney, somewhat pearly and oddly-shaped is that it is a fossil shell. Now that would be news. It would prove that Mars had a lot of water, that it about a billion years or so of life and that some of the life evolved parallel to Earth life at least as far as corals or molluscs.

I think it would be very worthwile to winkle that pearly object out of the rock and see if it is geological or biological in origin. I wish they would discover Mars life already. I hate being kept on tenterhooks for thirty years or more.

I imagine that we'd be off to Mars in a jiff if they found a seashell there. Clams can be far more valuable than diamonds if you are hungry. Mars Oysters might have Mars pearls, one of which would easily be the most valuable rock in the known universe.

To hell with diamonds! I want a baroque Mars pearl the size of my thumb.

If they find one they can name it the "Great Gazoo" and it would be the coolest thing ever.

04 Jan 2013 03:44 PM
Austinoftx     
Crap like this wouldn't happen if they'd heeded my advice to not make Curiosity's loose parts the same color as Martian soil.

04 Jan 2013 04:49 PM
sxacho     
Looks like the outer surface of the rock got scraped by something's claws as it was scrambling over it. They should just follow the footprints.

You're welcome NASA.

04 Jan 2013 05:36 PM
iron de havilland    [TotalFark]  

Slaves2Darkness: Meh, diamonds are cheap and easy to make or find on earth. It would be of more interest if it was an unknown material, maybe a new element for the old periodic chart.


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The periodic table does not work that way.

04 Jan 2013 07:27 PM
hoyt clagwell     
Thanks, Sprag! No thread is complete without Peter Gabriel.

05 Jan 2013 12:11 AM
pineapplesherbet     
It looks like a quartz crystal. I can tell by some of the pixels. And I live in the Rocky Mountains.

05 Jan 2013 02:10 AM
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