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Mystery Rock ´Appears´
in Front of Mars Rover

Discovery News, by Ian O´Neill

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Posted By:DaddyO, 1/18/2014 8:47:44 AM

After a decade of exploring the Martian surface, the scientists overseeing veteran rover Opportunity thought they’d seen it all. That was until a rock mysteriously "appeared" a few feet in front of the six-wheeled rover a few days ago. News of the errant rock was announced by NASA Mars Exploration Rover lead scientist Steve Squyres of Cornell University at a special NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory "10 years of roving Mars" event at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday night. The science star-studded public event was held in celebration of the decade since twin rovers Spirit and

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Great.. now the martians are throwing rocks at our robots. I think we all know where this is going.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: frankdn, 1/18/2014 8:57:52 AM     (No. 9696724)

Look carefully. There´s no new rock; the light has changed.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: uno, 1/18/2014 8:59:40 AM     (No. 9696728)

It´s time to start worrying when the cigarette butts and beer bottles start showing up...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 1/18/2014 9:16:35 AM     (No. 9696749)

Look!
a Martian squirrel..
what does it cost taxpayers to put out stories like this every time that fool in Washington speaks..

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mikkins2, 1/18/2014 10:06:16 AM     (No. 9696831)

Seriously, all this over finding a rock on a planet that is covered by nothing but rocks?

Amazing!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rama41, 1/18/2014 10:43:49 AM     (No. 9696870)

Can´t agree, #1. The shadows show that sun angles are about the same in both photos. Not that I believe the "natives" placed it there. NASA´s explanation in the article makes pretty good sense.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: oh-heck, 1/18/2014 10:51:25 AM     (No. 9696885)

I´m with #1. The same U shaped rock is present in both pictures. What has changed is that the legs, particularly the one at the bottom of the picture, are casting a greater shadow. If a previous brush of the object had slightly tilted it or dislodged some of the dust, it could create this change in appearance.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 1/18/2014 11:00:11 AM     (No. 9696906)

The NSA planted a disguised microphone there when they found out that Rover was the only item known to man that wasn´t bugged.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/18/2014 12:45:44 PM     (No. 9697069)

Da Martians be messin with us.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: KTWO, 1/18/2014 12:46:59 PM     (No. 9697073)

Have to agree with #1. Mostly due to small changes of angle and lighting. But it won´t get setttled on my 24" monitor.

Look at the much darkened shadow of the hook-shaped rock near the bottom right.

Ordinarily I would just say it had been faked and somone was playing games. But there is no reason to suspect that from JPL And no motive for such antics.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/18/2014 7:54:40 PM     (No. 9697370)

Clearly, it was the TEA Party.

Is it CA where the rocks move by themselves ?

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