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What The Hell Is This Weird Shiny Object On Mars?

What The Hell Is This Weird Shiny Object On Mars?


Casey Chan
FEB 9, 2013 | 2:00 AM

The Mars Curiosity Rover has been busy snapping photos (selfies too) of Mars and found something... strange. A small, shiny, metal-looking "protuberance" sticking out from the red planet. Is it some secret lever to open up a world where Martians exist? Or some random space junk? We don't know.

You can see it in the picture above and see it zoomed in on the bottom right hand corner. If you look carefully, you can even see the protuberance's shadow. Whatever it is, it looks a lot different from the red rock that it sits on. What in the hell?

People have suggested wild theories for the metal looking object but it's probably just some part of the rock that is less susceptible to erosion (compared to the rest of the surface). Or maybe it's a weird lighting trick that Curiosity is playing on us. Or a grave for a dying robot? Or who knows. The object, which is only half a centimeter tall, was found by the Curiosity Rover on January 30th, 2013. We might never know what it is. [NASA via Universe Today]


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I was wondering

what happened to my last kidney stone. I thought I flushed it!

Siver bitchez!!

Hey, why is there a miniature big bald black man with sunglasses in the cab??? He is inside the hammer and sickle looking thing at the top left of the unit.

How many failed spacecraft were sent to Mars? There's your

answer most likely.

Roughly Two - Thirds Have Failed

The Mars Express mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) reached Mars in 2003. It carried the Beagle 2 lander, which was not heard from after being released and was declared lost in February 2004. In early 2004 the Mars Express Planetary Fourier Spectrometer team announced the orbiter had detected methane in the Martian atmosphere. ESA announced in June 2006 the discovery of aurorae on Mars.

In January 2004, the NASA twin Mars Exploration Rovers named Spirit (MER-A) and Opportunity (MER-B) landed on the surface of Mars. Both have met or exceeded all their targets. Among the most significant scientific returns has been conclusive evidence that liquid water existed at some time in the past at both landing sites. Martian dust devils and windstorms have occasionally cleaned both rovers' solar panels, and thus increased their lifespan.Spirit Rover (MER-A) was active until 2010, when it stopped sending data.

On March 10, 2006, the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) probe arrived in orbit to conduct a two-year science survey. The orbiter began mapping the Martian terrain and weather to find suitable landing sites for upcoming lander missions. The MRO snapped the first image of a series of active avalanches near the planet's north pole, scientists said March 3, 2008.

The Mars Science Laboratory mission was launched on November 26, 2011 and it delivered the Curiosity rover, on the surface of Mars on August 6, 2012 UTC. It is larger and more advanced than the Mars Exploration Rovers, with a velocity of up to 90 meters per hour (295 feet per hour). Experiments include a laser chemical sampler that can deduce the make-up of rocks at a distance of 7 meters.

Yep, it was the martians

I hear they have a really big poo cannon and they fire their martian turds at incoming satellites. It makes for a shitty experience.

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein

That is metal

That is incredibly fascinating looks like a handle. I am also interested in the rocks at the bottom right of the rover. Its a shiney hunk of metal revealed. If you look closely at cracks in the ground to the right of it you actually see where something is cracking apart and revealing that inside of it is shiney metal and on the outside it is covered in sand and dirt. This is incredible. Mars is abundant with rare earth metals. Perhaps you are looking at silver right there.

It is pretty interesting. If you look at the structure that the rover is sitting on top of it looks like it was at some point smooth and then cracked up into proportions. That is so COOL.

What if its a dome structure that is so old and eroded that its now cracking up? perhaps not, even though I am a strong believer in aliens and that mars has had civilization on it before if it doesn't already. PS: I don't believe that NASA garbage we all know its a cover for the secret space activities that will never be public unless we force it.

But cool picture I always enjoy looking at these

Isn't This The Wrong Forum?

I could've sworn that this is the Daily Paul forum. You know, a place for liberty-related ideas. When people post things like this, it makes it look like a general "alternative kook catch-all website" and devalues the whole liberty movement and Ron Paul movement into appearing to be a group of conspiracy nuts and weirdos who believe in anything "fringe" without regard to its merits. My thoughts are to go post this on Rense or Above Top Secret or perhaps some general kook site.

Or maybe I am wrong, maybe this movement is largely that, and I am the weirdo for expecting some rationality and critical thought...

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein

if you look

at the left of the rover, near the horizen, there is a pile of rocks. zoom in, and on one of the rocks it looks like an arrow head.

Oh Everybody Knows What That Is

Every five days the teensy, weensy, teeny, tiny NASA astrobots have to take a dump otherwise things would get backed up and Curiosity would go kaflooey and shutdown.

So the three little bots chose straws and the unlucky bot that picked the short straw had to go out and bury the astro do-do. Not having a small enough shovel for its little hands, the short straw bot decided to throw the silver colored poop on the ground when no one was looking and hoped the planet's wind covered it up.

But the martian government caught her in the act and fined all three NASA astrobots one billion federal reserve notes for dumping solid waste without a permit. Since the federal reserve system on Mars is not backed by gold (just like on Earth), the clever little bots made an entry in their general ledger account titled, 'Fake Money' and promised the martians the debt owed would be paid in full with interest by the crew of the next mission to Mars which is scheduled to arrive in 2021.

This 'promise to pay in the future' scheme (Earthlings call it 'kick the can down the road') has been used by other intelligent life in the galaxy that has visited the red planet before and always fools the central government bureaucrats. The martian people finally got fed up with their politicians' stupidity and left the planet a thousand millennia ago.

So now you know the story behind NASA's claim to have discovered intelligent life on Mars; they're really not smart at all.

Stormtrooper voice:

Look Sir, Droids!

Several Photos

There have been several photos from Curiosity that are a bit strange and unexplained. They are shown briefly in the news, but Nasa either doesn't post them or pulls them from the Curiosity web site if they are becoming controversial. One photo about a month ago or so, was a sharply pointed triangular silver colored object sticking out of the sand in a relatively flat area with a few rocks around. It definitely did not belong to the natural surroundings, and it did not look fresh new. Nasa never responded to questions about it. Don't forget that Mars was a viable planet a long long time ago. Something took "it out",a meteor, asteriod, comet, or just maybe the civilization that may have been there did themselves in. Who knows, but if there was an ancient civilization there and it was destroyed, there are still a few pieces laying around that I am sure Nasa is looking for.

Who or what took the picture

Who or what took the picture of the Rover?

Oh, and the object is one of the tools they left behind when they build the set...

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A shuttlecraft

from the Starship Enterprise?

I'm just a tad skeptical about the whole thing

If you look closely at the broken rocks Curiosity gone over and subsequently crushed, you see no evidence of the reddish dust that is so prominent on the surface of Mars. It could just be an anomaly or could it be a set in some desert on Earth.

On the ground, I only see some bluish/grayish rocks underneath a thin veil of reddish dust.

I'm not saying Curiosity is not on Mars, because I don't have the technological means to verify anything NASA says, but maybe the particular image used in this article is not genuine.

As others have pointed out, I'm also curious as to how Curiosity takes pictures of itself without showing its arms.

"society could go in a thousand directions as to how it would exist and how it would be, but the public mustn't know that. The generations must believe that the one that they're born into is naturally evolved."-Lenin/Alan Watt/cuttingthroughthematrix.com

With accurate color rendering, Mars looks much like Earth. If

you see an overly red tinted photo, that one is not adjusted properly.

The dead giveaway is if the sky is not a very pale blue but instead pinkish.

That's either...

a weather balloon or a piece of a chinese lantern.

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

It's a composite of over 50

It's a composite of over 50 separate photos taken by the robotic arm. You can read about it here.


Thank you. Almost dead

Thank you. Almost dead center, at the very bottom, there's some artifacting from piecing them together I think.

This is really neat. I was way zoomed in and looking for the metal thing when I came on tire tracks and almost shit myself for an instant. Then I remembered there was a robot sitting there. lol

Thanks for the link...

I suppose this is possible. I questioned it because there is no shadow of anything (like an arm holding the camera) protruding from the rover itself. And yet there are definetly shadows produced by the rover that can be plainly seen.


is this picture taken of the rover? Are there 2 of them up on Mars taking pictures? Or does it have a little survailiance drone following it around. Any ideas guys & dolls?

The rover has its own base

The rover has its own base station.


how did they get this picture?

photo becon, im guessing

photo becon, im guessing deployed by the rover

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A what now?

What's a photo becon?

I was wondering the same of how this pic was taken. I don't se any extended arms to hold a camera or any shadows of ones.

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