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Old Oct 9th 2012, 05:00 AM
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Curiosity has found a shiny metallic object on Mars !

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ms.../pia16225.html



In the middle at the bottom.

Obviously it's a piece of its own equipment but let the conspiracy theories begin !
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Old Oct 9th 2012, 05:18 AM
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Belgians have been there already.
That's why there are not famous Belgian rock groups or scientists. They've all been working together on this.

It isn't metal, it's Belgian chocolate that has turned to metal in the Martian climate.
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Old Oct 10th 2012, 08:13 AM
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Belgians have been there already.
That's why there are not famous Belgian rock groups or scientists. They've all been working together on this.

It isn't metal, it's Belgian chocolate that has turned to metal in the Martian climate.
I don't know (or care much) about Belgian rock bands but there's at least one scientist who merits me overcoming my dread of acting nationalistic. He's actually Russian born but held Belgian nationality and residence for most of his life. He's also the person that got me into physics (outside of his knowledge of course). He holds a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, did a lot of groundbreaking work in complex systems, self-organization and chaos theory (one of his lectures on the subject made me delve into all this stuff; I've still got a VCR recording of it) and wrote The book on determinism: The End of Certainty (1997; ISBN-13: 978-0684837055).
It's Ilya Romanovich Prigogine.
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Old Oct 10th 2012, 08:15 AM
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Curiosity's main activity in the 62nd sol of the mission (Oct. 8, 2012) was to image a small, bright object on the ground using the Remote Micro-Imager of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument.

The rover team's assessment is that the bright object is something from the rover, not Martian material. It appears to be a shred of plastic material, likely benign, but it has not been definitively identified.
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Meanwhile:
this is really stupid.
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Why am I not surprised that the Mars Rover is attracted to (or ordered to) focus on 'bright shiny objects' and, loe and behold, the most interesting bright shiny object it finds is a piece of itself.

Hmmm... sounds somehow humanly appropriate.

For historians, these missions will say more about human society and culture than they will ever contribute to actual science.
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The timeless show business adage; any publicity is good publicity regardless of quality.
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Old Oct 10th 2012, 10:44 PM
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Why am I not surprised that the Mars Rover is attracted to (or ordered to) focus on 'bright shiny objects' and, loe and behold, the most interesting bright shiny object it finds is a piece of itself.

Hmmm... sounds somehow humanly appropriate.

For historians, these missions will say more about human society and culture than they will ever contribute to actual science.
There is that but in all fairness Curiosity was just collecting soil samples when that thingy was observed. And in even more fairness there are very few naturally occurring objects that are shiny. There's ice and diamond and some rocks but that was clearly not what was in the picture.

OK, I've now derailed my own joke thread by replying seriously
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There is that but in all fairness Curiosity was just collecting soil samples when that thingy was observed. And in even more fairness there are very few naturally occurring objects that are shiny. There's ice and diamond and some rocks but that was clearly not what was in the picture.

OK, I've now derailed my own joke thread by replying seriously
Well, a there is a whole variety of rocks are "shiny objects" (or close to it). Mica for example is reflective.
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Well, a there is a whole variety of rocks are "shiny objects" (or close to it). Mica for example is reflective.
Yes, but Mars only has very slow geological dynamics. Any such rock would have weathered a long time ago, at least on the surface. A shiny thingy that lays on the surface is a genuine topic of interest.

Anyway, the purpose of the thread was to make fun of this habit:
http://www.marsanomalyresearch.com/e...-directory.htm
I mean, isn't it obvious that there is a civilization there with subways
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