Forget Saturn's Ring - Mars has Bling

Shiny Thing on Mars

Mars just keeps throwing up surprises: the Curiosity rover has imaged a metallic-like protuberance emerging from a rock:

Visible in the image above, the protuberance appears to have a high albedo and even projects a shadow on the rock below. The image was taken with the right Mastcam on Curiosity on Sol 173 — January 30, 2013 here on Earth...

...the protuberance seems different than the rock on which it sits – it could be composed of material more resistant to erosion than the rest and similar material could be within the rock, or it could be something that is “grown” on the rock. However, it looks fairly smooth, and in fact it is not covered by dust as is the case for metal surfaces that tend to clean easily.

But “small” is the operative word here, as the little protuberance is probably about 0.5 cm tall, or even smaller.

The full image from NASA/JPL can be found here.

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emlong's picture
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That looks a heck of a lot like labradorite, moonstone, or something in that mineral family.

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Gypsum? Opal?

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emlong's picture
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Or perhaps two little pieces of quartz refracting the sunlight. The sun angle is correct for causing that relative to the camera view.

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I think it's a hood ornament from a buried Jaguar.

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Greg if you were a lifeform something like those gold 'shitting' bugs which recently received publicity a good way of collecting/deflecting heat might be to burgeon a couple of 'radar' dishes and making them concave'd be useful if you could work with microscopic amounts of periodic condensation.

Whatever this is it certainly throws into relief the martian 'flower' which to go by the shadow that cast stood up something like as tall.

Like most anomalies which might be said to contradict the current scientific paradigms though they'll probably be classed as the exceptions that prove the rule and quickly disregarded.

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Bigfoot.

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It's just hit me what it reminds me of.

I was thinking of a modern artist's take on a tap or even a stylised pair of scales but I was just reading Nick Redfern's list of likes over at Cryptomundo and noting his fondness for Tennents and Carlsberg when the image suddenly flashed in my mind of an old plonky I used to know as a kid who used to leave a trail of bottle caps everywhere she went so she could find her way back home.

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Judging by the original NASA picture, it's a symmetrical metal object sticking out of stone. So, it must have survived at least one spin in the magmatic bowels of mars....

Dear god, it has to be made out of adamantium!

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Or unobtanium.

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A senior Martian's fake denture

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