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NASA: We Still Don't Know What Those Shiny Particles On Mars Are, But They're Not From The Rover
TBI ^ | 10-18-2012 | Dina Spector

Posted on 10/18/2012 3:53:07 PM PDT by blam

NASA: We Still Don't Know What Those Shiny Particles On Mars Are, But They're Not From The Rover

Dina Spector
Oct. 18, 2012, 5:35 PM

NASA confirmed this afternoon that some bright particles found in a hole dug by the Curiosity's scooper are actually from Mars and not debris from the rover. This is the second round of shiny mysterious objects the rover has run into while scooping soil at Glenelg. The first was probably a piece of plastic or tape that fell off of the rover itself.

Adam Mann with WiredScience has more:

After last week’s plastic encounter, Curiosity’s science team worried the new particles might be man-made.

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Curiosity, which is 10 weeks into its two-year mission, has now collected three scoops of Martian soil. The third scoop is currently being analyzed by the rover's Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument to determine what minerals are in it.

Here are some pictures from the scooping mission:

Three bite marks left in the Martian ground by the scoop on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are visible in this image taken by the rover's right Navigation Camera during the mission's 69th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 15, 2012). The third scoopful, collected on that sol, left the bite or pit farthest to the right. Each of the three bites is about 2 inches (5 centimeters) wide.

A sample of Martian soil that came from the third scoopful of material collected at the "Rocknest" patch of windblown dust and sand.

This image shows part of the small pit or bite created when NASA's Mars rover Curiosity collected its second scoop of Martian soil at a sandy patch called "Rocknest."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mars; nasa; spooky; ufo

1 posted on 10/18/2012 3:53:12 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Pure platinum.


2 posted on 10/18/2012 3:55:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: blam
Yesterdays posting on the subject:

Mystery Over Shiny Particles On Mars Gets More Exciting

3 posted on 10/18/2012 3:56:09 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Yesterdays posting on the subject:

Mystery Over Shiny Particles On Mars Gets More Exciting

4 posted on 10/18/2012 3:56:29 PM PDT by blam
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To: cripplecreek

Possibly a precious metal or perhaps something we don’t even have on Earth. That sand looks moist.. Clumpy.


5 posted on 10/18/2012 3:59:46 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: cripplecreek
The rocks there look like substantially deteriorated and corroded nickel-iron meteor debris. The 2% content which is gold should be visible.

Earth has a much more active atmosphere, and tectonic forces at work, so we rarely see a full meteor in situ.

Gold mining on Mars should be fairly basic ~ walk around and pick up flecks. This stuff won't even be eroded down to gold flour ~ but it won't be nuggets either since it won't have passed through a bacterial mat that would expell it in nodules.

6 posted on 10/18/2012 4:00:15 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: blam; KevinDavis

OMG we have discovered the final resting place of an old Soviet lander that lost contact before it reached Mars???

Whaddaya mean Far-fetched??


7 posted on 10/18/2012 4:04:29 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: blam

I hope the Mars Rover does not get so distracted by the shiny object that it forgets to vote on Nov. 6.


8 posted on 10/18/2012 4:07:51 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: blam

White dust and rocks on Mars? It can clearly mean one thing....

...Mars had hookers and blow long before Earth did.


9 posted on 10/18/2012 4:12:30 PM PDT by InsidiousMongo
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To: blam

Dust on the lens?


10 posted on 10/18/2012 4:12:50 PM PDT by shorty_harris
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To: blam

Hey! Rake those out! Other people use this course, too!


11 posted on 10/18/2012 4:13:43 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
That sand looks moist.. Clumpy.

That's because it's coated with a thin layer of light, sweet crude. Doesn't evaporate at the low pressure and temperature on the Martian surface.

Oops. Maybe I shouldn't have said that.

12 posted on 10/18/2012 4:13:51 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: blam

But of course....that shiny piece is unobtainium.

Gasp, Hollywood is right again.

How foolish of us to think they are all as stupid as they act.


13 posted on 10/18/2012 4:20:40 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Steely Tom

Oil, platinum, gold and nickel...Boy O Boy!


14 posted on 10/18/2012 4:21:13 PM PDT by blam
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Diamonds!


15 posted on 10/18/2012 4:21:18 PM PDT by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: blam
I think they're chunks of that engine that Don Garlits blew up in ‘72.
16 posted on 10/18/2012 4:22:37 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Steely Tom

Oil, platinum, gold and nickel...Boy O Boy!


17 posted on 10/18/2012 4:23:16 PM PDT by blam
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To: taterjay
I hope the Mars Rover does not get so distracted by the shiny object that it forgets to vote on Nov. 6.

It was registered to vote in Chicago, and has already voted via absentee ballot twice.

18 posted on 10/18/2012 4:25:04 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative

After posting, I began to think this is an Obama ploy, because he wants to distract the remaining NASA employees from voting against him.


19 posted on 10/18/2012 4:30:42 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: blam

Parts of the baseball Albert Pujols hit in Houston in October 2005.


20 posted on 10/18/2012 4:54:44 PM PDT by lurk
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To: blam

Strip mine the sh*t out of it! Get your ass to Mars!


21 posted on 10/18/2012 4:55:13 PM PDT by montag813
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To: blam

I just hope NASA though of including a Trunk Monkey in that Rover...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=609edlJISf8


22 posted on 10/18/2012 4:58:55 PM PDT by Wildbill22
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To: blam

Dilithium


23 posted on 10/18/2012 5:03:16 PM PDT by lwoodham (I am Andrew Breitbart. Don't doubt me on this.)
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To: blam

24 posted on 10/18/2012 5:29:34 PM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: blam

Plattnerite ... more valuable than onobtanium


25 posted on 10/18/2012 5:43:53 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: blam
Solidified swamp gas due to the cold Martian temps.
Illusion caused by faulty camera optics.
No multiple witnesses, only Curiosity.
CGI by a NASA prankster
Etc, etc.
26 posted on 10/18/2012 5:47:54 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: blam

Obama gold!


27 posted on 10/18/2012 6:31:03 PM PDT by Bullfrogg (American by birth, Irish by heritage, and hellraiser by choice)
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To: cripplecreek

That last picture looks like south Georgia soil.


28 posted on 10/19/2012 1:28:18 AM PDT by rusty millet
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