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#1 Hum

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 16:33

NASA has released a series of new photos taken by its Curiosity rover that appear to show a “flower” on the surface of Mars.

NBCNews.com’s photo blog reports that the photos were taken as part of an effort to capture 360-degree images during Curiosity’s trek through Mars’ Yellowknife Bay.

New Jersey-based journalist and photographer Ken Kramer has assembled the Curiosity photographs, adding color to give a realistic view of what the rover is seeing on the planet’s surface.

But what has really caught people’s attention is a raw image from NASA’s photo feed that one reader on Above Top Secret has called a “Martian flower.” On the posting, the commenter going by the name “Arken,” writes: “The Albedo (or Reflectivity of Sun Light) of this object is very high, and its translucent appearance, the irregular conformation (like pistils) and the 'texture' of its wider areas is smooth, and seem that it is ground attached. This is the SECOND TRANSLUCENT ANOMALY detected by Curiosity in Gale Crater.”

NBC’s Alan Boyle writes that he at first assumed the “flower” was actually just a piece of plastic that had fallen off the Curiosity rover. A similar event happened in October. So, Boyle reached out to NASA spokesman Guy Webster. Interestingly, Webster shot down the plastic theory, saying in response, "That appears to be part of the rock, not debris from the spacecraft."

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#2 DaveLegg

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 16:36

It's just a mineral intrusion in the rock...

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 16:37

I vote alien booger snot. :alien:

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 16:38

Wait so mineral in a planet, that has similarities with ours is "amazing" ? Sensationalist news article.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 22:11

^ I think they are preparing us for something.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 22:15

Looks like the same rock material shown just left / up of the highlighted area. People are looking for something and this reaching out beyond what is right in-front of them.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 22:15

We have only scratched the surface

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 22:29

What flower? What are you talking about? :ninja:

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 22:32

I vote: A piece of cling-film, obviously left there by Klingons

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 22:34

Has to be

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 22:38

It is clearly part of the rock.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 22:43

I have no idea what you're talking about, therefore...

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 22:46

therefore....
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 22:50

could be a fossil of a flower....and why it looks like a rock

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:09

It's a Venus fly trap sprouting.

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