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2013-02-09 06:53:04 AM  
Are they sure it isn't junk from one of their math errors in the past?  They've dropped a few onto Mars right?
 
2013-02-09 07:10:36 AM  
That's the grasping claw of an alien death robot if I've ever seen one.  And I haven't.
 
2013-02-09 07:39:16 AM  
that's a faucet handle.
 
2013-02-09 07:49:59 AM  

beautifulbob: Are they sure it isn't junk from one of their math errors in the past?  They've dropped a few onto Mars right?


It's likely junk or raw ore. Who is to say that the soil didn't erode around some ore in the ground.
 
2013-02-09 07:52:16 AM  
someone in the comments posted this.

2.bp.blogspot.com

Well done sir! it made me laugh.
 
2013-02-09 07:52:22 AM  
It doesn't look like a black obelisk, so no need to panic.

/Or is there?!
 
2013-02-09 07:56:35 AM  
Ad long as they don't find a derelict ship with big slimy eggs inside, I'm not worried.
 
2013-02-09 07:59:59 AM  
It's Prothean, obviously.
 
2013-02-09 08:01:45 AM  
How do we know it isn't a threat?
 
2013-02-09 08:04:59 AM  
...as mainstream scientists believe.
 
2013-02-09 08:08:56 AM  
It looks like some sort of animal statue. Snake headed cat lizard.

oi45.tinypic.com
 
2013-02-09 08:09:34 AM  

Theory Of Null: It looks like some sort of animal statue. Snake headed cat lizard.

[oi45.tinypic.com image 662x432]


Why didn't you enhance, after you zoomed?
 
2013-02-09 08:11:15 AM  
It's the Borg.  They were supposed to time warp back to 2063 to stop Cochrane from going faster than the speed of light, but made a wrong turn near Proxima Centauri and ended up in 2013.
 
2013-02-09 08:15:33 AM  
mlpchan.net
 
2013-02-09 08:18:47 AM  
the rovers are farked

www.saltmanz.com
 
2013-02-09 08:31:10 AM  
Goddamit, NASA.

You get that rover over there RIGHT NOW to investigate.

Quit playing with your damn drill.
 
2013-02-09 08:32:33 AM  
They have streetlights on Mars?!?

I has no idea...
 
2013-02-09 08:34:01 AM  
Silver vein? Would silver on Mars not tarnish due to lack of O2?
 
2013-02-09 08:35:06 AM  

Theory Of Null: It looks like some sort of animal statue. Snake headed cat lizard.


oi45.tinypic.com

www.theness.com
 
2013-02-09 08:36:20 AM  

EvilEgg: <b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7583107/82411145#c82411145" target="_blank">Theory Of Null</a>:</b> <i>It looks like some sort of animal statue. Snake headed cat lizard.

[oi45.tinypic.com image 662x432]</i>

Why didn't you enhance, after you zoomed?


upload.wikimedia.org

Did my best.    So Chariots of the Gods was right after all.
 
2013-02-09 08:40:36 AM  

Theory Of Null: It looks like some sort of animal statue. Snake headed cat lizard.

[oi45.tinypic.com image 662x432]


Its the tail section from a DC-8:

upload.wikimedia.org

The Scientology were right!!

Ron help us!
 
2013-02-09 08:46:10 AM  
didyouknow.org

i.i.com.com
 
2013-02-09 08:48:33 AM  
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-02-09 08:57:31 AM  
It's taken six days and 43 hours of technical meetings and briefings but NASA has finally concluded that they will ad "Get a closer look" to the list of possible things to do in the coming months.  Possible details in 5-9 months.

These guys might go take a look tonight tho.

images.wikia.com
 
2013-02-09 09:00:11 AM  

nmemkha: Theory Of Null: It looks like some sort of animal statue. Snake headed cat lizard.

[oi45.tinypic.com image 662x432]

Its the tail section from a DC-8:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 200x158]

The Scientology were right!!

Ron help us!

Xemu would like to speak with you...
 
2013-02-09 09:01:06 AM  
www.norsemeat.com
It's just a stray.
 
2013-02-09 09:10:04 AM  
It's the smiley face on mars that gives my faith comfort
 
2013-02-09 09:19:17 AM  
Manifest Martian destiny!
 
2013-02-09 09:23:59 AM  
Why is NASA not completely freaking out about this? I call shenanigans
 
2013-02-09 09:36:12 AM  

McGrits: the rovers are farked

[www.saltmanz.com image 609x1024]


No, we're farked:

www.reocities.com
 
2013-02-09 09:40:00 AM  
Enhanced Version:

i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-09 09:45:28 AM  

MikeSass: Enhanced Version:

[i.imgur.com image 662x432]


Wanted for questioning.
www.scifi-universe.com
 
2013-02-09 09:48:56 AM  
It's my fault.  Last time I played golf, I lost my temper and threw my 5 iron into the air.  I didn't realize I threw it that hard, but it's obvious where it landed.
 
2013-02-09 09:54:48 AM  
"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
 
2013-02-09 10:00:49 AM  
If it's gold, platinum, or titanium, our economy is going to change. A lot.

Prospecting on Mars would suck, too. And people would still sign up for it because there are still worse jobs here. Ah hell, I'd sign up, especially knowing I probably wouldn't be coming back.
 
2013-02-09 10:10:11 AM  

MikeSass: Enhanced Version:

[i.imgur.com image 662x432]


One day some of our children will grow up to work in the Martian Gun Mines.
 
2013-02-09 10:12:07 AM  
How big is the item estimated to be?
 
2013-02-09 10:23:38 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: If it's gold, platinum, or titanium, our economy is going to change. A lot.

Prospecting on Mars would suck, too. And people would still sign up for it because there are still worse jobs here. Ah hell, I'd sign up, especially knowing I probably wouldn't be coming back.


You mean that if we free up space exploration for profitable means the market will kick in and actually make it happen?  I'm all for it, unless you all want to just keep having NASA send golf carts to distant planets at a negative rate of return.
 
2013-02-09 10:23:55 AM  
Clearly, it's an Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.

img2u.info
 
2013-02-09 10:35:15 AM  

KawaiiNot: How big is the item estimated to be?


If only there were a source of information on this point...some sort of article one could read, for example.
 
2013-02-09 10:38:44 AM  
Ummm...*looks*...*looks again*...what the hell is that thing, seriously?
 
2013-02-09 10:42:13 AM  

jars.traptone: Ummm...*looks*...*looks again*...what the hell is that thing, seriously?


img2u.info
 
2013-02-09 10:46:15 AM  
Lol sorry. There might be fossils on Mars, and there are fossils on Earth, but I'm not one of them, so I don't know what that picture is from
 
2013-02-09 10:50:04 AM  

jars.traptone: Lol sorry. There might be fossils on Mars, and there are fossils on Earth, but I'm not one of them, so I don't know what that picture is from


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV7Qz640OeM
 
2013-02-09 10:53:50 AM  
YOU MANIACS! YOU BLEW IT UP! OH, DAMN YOU! GODDAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!
www.everseradio.com


Y
 
2013-02-09 10:58:02 AM  

LesserEvil: jars.traptone: Lol sorry. There might be fossils on Mars, and there are fossils on Earth, but I'm not one of them, so I don't know what that picture is from

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV7Qz640OeM


Lol this is amazing. Seriously, what is this from? Didn't Tom Waits write a song that was close to this?
 
2013-02-09 11:05:31 AM  

jars.traptone: LesserEvil: jars.traptone: Lol sorry. There might be fossils on Mars, and there are fossils on Earth, but I'm not one of them, so I don't know what that picture is from

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV7Qz640OeM

Lol this is amazing. Seriously, what is this from? Didn't Tom Waits write a song that was close to this?


Saturday Night Live, circa 1978.... pretty famous bit in its day, when guys like Steve Martin and Andy Kaufman were turning standup on its ear (not a lot of people realize Steve Martin's act was actually a parody of standup).
 
2013-02-09 11:05:54 AM  

Fizpez: It's taken six days and 43 hours of technical meetings and briefings but NASA has finally concluded that they will ad "Get a closer look" to the list of possible things to do in the coming months.  Possible details in 5-9 months.

These guys might go take a look tonight tho.

[images.wikia.com image 850x478]


Citation on that? I bet we never here of this again.
 
2013-02-09 11:10:30 AM  

Jarhead_h: ecmoRandomNumbers: If it's gold, platinum, or titanium, our economy is going to change. A lot.

Prospecting on Mars would suck, too. And people would still sign up for it because there are still worse jobs here. Ah hell, I'd sign up, especially knowing I probably wouldn't be coming back.

You mean that if we free up space exploration for profitable means the market will kick in and actually make it happen?  I'm all for it, unless you all want to just keep having NASA send golf carts to distant planets at a negative rate of return.


No, I think it needs to go private. But like a good Democrat, I believe things should be regulated. You can't just have rogue missions off to Mars willy-nilly. Also, there are a lot of things to consider, like WHO owns WHAT? Is that your territory? Are we going to auction it off? Will there be a government? Lots to think about.
 
2013-02-09 11:14:55 AM  

McGrits: the rovers are farked

[www.saltmanz.com image 609x1024]


Came for the Hyperion reference, glad someone delivered.
 
2013-02-09 11:23:25 AM  
That's either our history-changing first evidence of an alien race, or the erosion of softer sandstone underneath a hard, shiny rock.
 
2013-02-09 11:25:10 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: If it's gold, platinum, or titanium, our economy is going to change. A lot.


Probably not.  At least not for a long time.  It takes in excess of $100,000 to transfer 1 pound to mars.  It would cost exponentially more for the return trip (which has never been done.)  Assume $1,000,000 per pound on the return trip.   Platinum is worth about $26,000 per pound.
 
2013-02-09 11:36:02 AM  
oi45.tinypic.com

i48.tinypic.com
 
2013-02-09 11:49:27 AM  

eyeq360: nmemkha: Theory Of Null: It looks like some sort of animal statue. Snake headed cat lizard.

[oi45.tinypic.com image 662x432]

Its the tail section from a DC-8:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 200x158]

The Scientology were right!!

Ron help us!
Xemu would like to speak with you...


Phew! I was expected the grammar police.
 
2013-02-09 12:00:33 PM  
www.cyberpunkreview.com

Did someone mention mining on Mars?
 
2013-02-09 12:12:57 PM  
A horn like object?  Let's call it Tim

seriousmovielover.com
 
2013-02-09 12:22:38 PM  
It's a chunk of ore.  Probably from an asteroid.  Or space bongos.
 
2013-02-09 12:25:19 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Jarhead_h: ecmoRandomNumbers: If it's gold, platinum, or titanium, our economy is going to change. A lot.

Prospecting on Mars would suck, too. And people would still sign up for it because there are still worse jobs here. Ah hell, I'd sign up, especially knowing I probably wouldn't be coming back.

You mean that if we free up space exploration for profitable means the market will kick in and actually make it happen?  I'm all for it, unless you all want to just keep having NASA send golf carts to distant planets at a negative rate of return.

No, I think it needs to go private. But like a good Democrat, I believe things should be regulated. You can't just have rogue missions off to Mars willy-nilly. Also, there are a lot of things to consider, like WHO owns WHAT? Is that your territory? Are we going to auction it off? Will there be a government? Lots to think about.


I would imagine that a business model similar to the ones used by the founding colonists at Jamestown would be used.
A privately funded venture with a system of hierarchy put in placed based on a naval command model.

See also "Red Dwarf"
 
2013-02-09 01:02:50 PM  

KawaiiNot: How big is the item estimated to be?


Up to about a foot tall. They don't mention if it's Earth feet or Mars feet though.

I think it's the upturned leg of somebody's ottoman.
 
2013-02-09 01:10:27 PM  
I'm somewhat surprised though, that after a week nasa still hasn't trundled over there to see what it is, because it looks so 'different' than any of the surrounding landscape.  unless they have a programmed series of events and only marvin martian would make them change course.
 
2013-02-09 01:15:04 PM  
Dammit, I can`t find the far side picture of some animal pulling up a worm that is actually part of a huge underground creature.

dammit all to hell.
 
2013-02-09 01:30:41 PM  
Oooh Shiny!

/ Its a Trap!

// Duh
/// The "Slashinator"
 
2013-02-09 01:39:21 PM  
www.thedrum.com
 
2013-02-09 01:57:12 PM  
Irregardless

YOU MANIACS! YOU BLEW IT UP! OH, DAMN YOU! GODDAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!

Why they didn't use the Empire State Building for that shot has always puzzled me.
 
2013-02-09 02:01:28 PM  

studebaker hoch: Irregardless

YOU MANIACS! YOU BLEW IT UP! OH, DAMN YOU! GODDAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!

Why they didn't use the Empire State Building for that shot has always puzzled me.


Well..in a nuclear attack, it probably would be destroyed while lady liberty would have a very small percentage chance of still being there.
 
2013-02-09 02:02:15 PM  
And yes, I know that in the new movie, it wasn't nuclear weapons, but that was the idea back in the Heston movie.
 
2013-02-09 02:04:50 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: If it's gold, platinum, or titanium, our economy is going to change. A lot.


img838.imageshack.us
There's no shortage of titanium on our own planet, and the refining process isn't as expensive as it used to be. Hell, you can even buy titanium sporks these days.

It would be nice to find a larger supply of the platinum-group metals because those are useful as chemical catalysts, but it will be a long time before it would be cost-effective to import them from Mars.
 
2013-02-09 02:44:40 PM  
Guys it's obviously a penis.
 
2013-02-09 02:46:39 PM  
i.i.com.com

pixdaus.com

www.amazing3dmodels.com
Do not fark with it; do not ever bring samples back from Mars.
 
2013-02-09 02:47:08 PM  
img145.imageshack.us
 
2013-02-09 03:02:15 PM  
It's probably a piece of metal rubble from one of the previous crashed probes we sent earlier.
 
2013-02-09 03:18:29 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-09 03:41:06 PM  

jars.traptone: LesserEvil: jars.traptone: Lol sorry. There might be fossils on Mars, and there are fossils on Earth, but I'm not one of them, so I don't know what that picture is from

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV7Qz640OeM

Lol this is amazing. Seriously, what is this from? Didn't Tom Waits write a song that was close to this?


What's He Building in There?

/It's a streetlight
 
2013-02-09 05:12:29 PM  
Just looks like a few pieces of rock or mineral that acted as a capstone and let the softer stone erode around them. Doesn't really seem all that mysterious.

cdn.c.photoshelter.com
 
2013-02-09 05:15:45 PM  

McGrits: the rovers are farked

[www.saltmanz.com image 609x1024]


my first thought too
 
2013-02-09 08:55:15 PM  
You Are All Sheep

Well..in a nuclear attack, it probably would be destroyed while lady liberty would have a very small percentage chance of still being there.

Any nuclear bomb strong enough to take out the Empire State Building would have blown Lady Liberty off her pedestal like an empty beer can.

The thing that really gets me is that they have the statue waist deep in the "new land" of future Earth.  The statue is made of *copper* which, in a marine environment, will begin to show corrosion in less than a day.  There is NO effing way there was enough time for all that new land to somehow be deposited around the statue, we're talking millenia here at least, with that statue surviving as anything more than a faint copper ore deposit in some layer of sand.

The Empire State Building OTOH was built like a bank vault because the designers were in uncharted waters with something that effin huge.  Everything on it is overkill.  It wouldn't survive either, however it's a lot less of a suspension of disbelief that, out of all the high rises in NYC, that the Empire State would be the toughest, even in terms of surviving the bombs.

Had they used that building, or better yet just a weathered masonry part of it that the guys (and audience) suddenly recognize, that scene would have been a lot more powerful.  Masonry *can* last for thousands of years.

As it is, the movie uses one of its best shots to reveal....

...that the movie writers think we're retarded.
 
2013-02-09 10:03:37 PM  
whoever shall pull the sword from the stone shall be the rightful king.
 
2013-02-09 10:25:26 PM  

KawaiiNot: How big is the item estimated to be?


FTFA:  Given the camera's resolution of 150 microns per pixel at two meters distant, and what seems like quite a distance between the rover and the object, it could be relatively large... up to a foot tall, even.

If it's a foot tall spike of platinum - and if there are others - then, yes, the private corporation space race just got real.
 
2013-02-09 10:30:31 PM  
Cross? How the fark do you imagine that's a cross?
 
2013-02-09 10:39:11 PM  
oi45.tinypic.com

image.mustangmonthly.com

OMG.

We've hit the jackpot.
 
2013-02-09 11:18:52 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: If it's gold, platinum, or titanium, our economy is going to change. A lot.

Prospecting on Mars would suck, too. And people would still sign up for it because there are still worse jobs here. Ah hell, I'd sign up, especially knowing I probably wouldn't be coming back.


Shhhhh!  Talk like that will summon Space Bevets.
 
2013-02-10 05:27:41 AM  

studebaker hoch: You Are All Sheep

Well..in a nuclear attack, it probably would be destroyed while lady liberty would have a very small percentage chance of still being there.

Any nuclear bomb strong enough to take out the Empire State Building would have blown Lady Liberty off her pedestal like an empty beer can.

The thing that really gets me is that they have the statue waist deep in the "new land" of future Earth.  The statue is made of *copper* which, in a marine environment, will begin to show corrosion in less than a day.  There is NO effing way there was enough time for all that new land to somehow be deposited around the statue, we're talking millenia here at least, with that statue surviving as anything more than a faint copper ore deposit in some layer of sand.

The Empire State Building OTOH was built like a bank vault because the designers were in uncharted waters with something that effin huge.  Everything on it is overkill.  It wouldn't survive either, however it's a lot less of a suspension of disbelief that, out of all the high rises in NYC, that the Empire State would be the toughest, even in terms of surviving the bombs.

Had they used that building, or better yet just a weathered masonry part of it that the guys (and audience) suddenly recognize, that scene would have been a lot more powerful.  Masonry *can* last for thousands of years.

As it is, the movie uses one of its best shots to reveal....

...that the movie writers think we're retarded.


They should have used a pyramid or something else made from a large amount of stone.
 
2013-02-10 05:29:32 AM  

Neondistraction: ecmoRandomNumbers: If it's gold, platinum, or titanium, our economy is going to change. A lot.

Prospecting on Mars would suck, too. And people would still sign up for it because there are still worse jobs here. Ah hell, I'd sign up, especially knowing I probably wouldn't be coming back.

Shhhhh!  Talk like that will summon Space Bevets.


Bevets in SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

3D printing
3D printing
3D printing

(If you say it three times they will appear)
 
2013-02-10 05:58:27 AM  

Irregardless: YOU MANIACS! YOU BLEW IT UP! OH, DAMN YOU! GODDAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!
[www.everseradio.com image 537x328]


Y


nice
 
2013-02-10 07:51:35 AM  
Looks like a hood ornament to me.
 
2013-02-10 12:32:33 PM  
dready zim

They should have used a pyramid or something else made from a large amount of stone.

A pyramid is such a simple and ideal geometric design, it would not necessarily indicate they were on Earth.  Just that whatever culture they had found was advanced enough to build a pyramid.


3D printing
3D printing
3D printing
(If you say it three times they will appear)



www.thefirearmblog.com

3D printable high-capacity AR-15 magazine.

/I tried greenlighting this yesterday, no luck.
 
2013-02-10 01:11:05 PM  

studebaker hoch: dready zim

They should have used a pyramid or something else made from a large amount of stone.

A pyramid is such a simple and ideal geometric design, it would not necessarily indicate they were on Earth.  Just that whatever culture they had found was advanced enough to build a pyramid.


3D printing
3D printing
3D printing
(If you say it three times they will appear)


[www.thefirearmblog.com image 540x360]

3D printable high-capacity AR-15 magazine.

/I tried greenlighting this yesterday, no luck.


Apparently they removed the file from thingverse.
 
2013-02-10 09:58:32 PM  
regmedia.co.uk
1.bp.blogspot.com

Can't believe we got this far without THE TRUTH!
 
2013-02-11 10:14:58 AM  
Kind of a stretch subby,

Whatever it is, pretty much all of the suggestions here, including the anteater, are closer to that picture than a cross.
 
2013-02-11 02:39:00 PM  

Neondistraction: ecmoRandomNumbers: If it's gold, platinum, or titanium, our economy is going to change. A lot.

Prospecting on Mars would suck, too. And people would still sign up for it because there are still worse jobs here. Ah hell, I'd sign up, especially knowing I probably wouldn't be coming back.

Shhhhh!  Talk like that will summon Space Bevets.


LOL
 
2013-02-12 02:03:09 AM  
PhilGed

Whatever it is, pretty much all of the suggestions here, including the anteater, are closer to that picture than a cross.

Not aluminum, then?

"We still have some corn left."

"Hey! Corn! Now we can make whiskey!"
 
2013-02-12 10:17:38 AM  

studebaker hoch: You Are All Sheep

Well..in a nuclear attack, it probably would be destroyed while lady liberty would have a very small percentage chance of still being there.

Any nuclear bomb strong enough to take out the Empire State Building would have blown Lady Liberty off her pedestal like an empty beer can.

The thing that really gets me is that they have the statue waist deep in the "new land" of future Earth.  The statue is made of *copper* which, in a marine environment, will begin to show corrosion in less than a day.  There is NO effing way there was enough time for all that new land to somehow be deposited around the statue, we're talking millenia here at least, with that statue surviving as anything more than a faint copper ore deposit in some layer of sand.

The Empire State Building OTOH was built like a bank vault because the designers were in uncharted waters with something that effin huge.  Everything on it is overkill.  It wouldn't survive either, however it's a lot less of a suspension of disbelief that, out of all the high rises in NYC, that the Empire State would be the toughest, even in terms of surviving the bombs.

Had they used that building, or better yet just a weathered masonry part of it that the guys (and audience) suddenly recognize, that scene would have been a lot more powerful.  Masonry *can* last for thousands of years.

As it is, the movie uses one of its best shots to reveal....

...that the movie writers think we're retarded.


I don't think there's anything in the movie that says the statue is still sitting in what used to be New York City. Could be the bomb blasted it a hundred miles down the beach, along with tons of earth, which has subsequently eroded.
 
2013-02-12 02:39:01 PM  
Wait. I think I finally got it, after squinting at it from ten feet away while head-bobbing and spinning on a piano stool: E.T. wearing Ray-Bans.
 
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