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(BBC)   Mars rover spots an unidentified flying object. NASA scientists collectively pee their pantaloons, look for lame excuse to tell public   ( divider line
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2004-03-18 01:36:26 PM  
It was a frisbee.
2004-03-18 02:11:10 PM  
it is either:
a. American space junk
b. Russian space junk

not sure which makes me feel worse.
2004-03-18 03:12:14 PM  
They'll have to come up with a new story pretty quick once that thing starts shooting at us.
2004-03-18 03:20:23 PM  
Old news, I remember seeing this shot about a week ago. Why is everyone so surprised that something like a meteor or sattelite might be in the Martian night sky as well as the Earth's? Especially when you consider we've been lobbing stuff at Mars since the 60s that just sits there when we're done with it.
2004-03-18 05:23:03 PM  
*FLASH* What you good people just saw was nothing more than swampgas. That's right swampgas.
2004-03-18 05:41:05 PM  
2004-03-18 05:42:03 PM  
ha ha pantaloons
2004-03-18 05:42:07 PM  
The captain has turned on the "Caution: Attach Tin-foil Hat" light. Please return to your basement and hunker down until the invaders land on Earth.
2004-03-18 05:43:33 PM  
It was the Beagle!
2004-03-18 05:43:41 PM  
Well, look at it this way Cyclometh. When we finally get on Mars in person we can recycle all that space junk into something useable.

Waste not want not?
2004-03-18 05:43:56 PM  
That pic was on a site about the Mars rovers weeks ago (I got to said site via Fark). It was declared either a comet or another one of the rovers/satellites we humans are sending to Mars. No biggie.
2004-03-18 05:44:18 PM  
In other news Rupert Murdoch has reported that his latest DirectTV satelite has made it to Mar's orbit in a bid to claim future Mar's cable braodcasting rights.
2004-03-18 05:45:14 PM  
Ahem: I, for one, welcome our out of commision streaking across the peach-coloured Martian heavens overlords.

2004-03-18 05:45:19 PM  
I can assure you that its not a ship filled with humans planning to colonize Mars in an attempt to escape the chaos caused by George Bush and bin Laden and that I am not sending this via satellite modem. Because it would have been mean of me to travel all the way to Mars and not invite any of y'all.
2004-03-18 05:45:20 PM  
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2004-03-18 05:45:39 PM  
now that's a sweet tag. frickin' pantaloons.
2004-03-18 05:46:01 PM  
So if I see a UFO on earth, it means the Martians are coming. If I see a UFO while on Mars, does that mean the Earthians are coming?
2004-03-18 05:47:54 PM  
Maybe it was this guy...

[image from too old to be available]
2004-03-18 05:49:03 PM  
2004-03-18 05:49:32 PM  
It was the Vulcans. But, because they didn't detect a warp signature, they just kept going.
2004-03-18 05:50:36 PM  
That would be "Terrans" Weaver.

/too much starcraft
2004-03-18 05:51:56 PM  
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2004-03-18 05:52:10 PM  
Did anybody figure out what the number "19" and the dancing guy etched in Martian rock were all about?
2004-03-18 05:52:48 PM  
Time to put on my tinfoil hat, I see.
2004-03-18 05:53:13 PM  
...out-of-commission spacecraft...

No are those the divide by zero spacecraft? Because we already know the fate of the metric -> SAE spacecraft.......
2004-03-18 05:53:34 PM  
Okay, maybe i'm missing something. I don't see how it could be a satellite unless the satellite was skimming the atmospehere, re-entering. Terran satellites move across the sky and are visible to the naked eye, but they don't cause streaks like meteors do. The only explanation I can think of to account for the satellite explanation is that the exposure time of the still image is relatively long.
2004-03-18 05:53:36 PM  
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2004-03-18 05:53:58 PM  
"No" == "Now,"
2004-03-18 05:56:37 PM  
Probably that European spacecraft burning up...

2004-03-18 05:56:41 PM  
OMG, a streak of light!

It HAS to be ALIENS!!!! There can be NO OTHER EXPLANATION!

/farking morons.....
2004-03-18 05:57:01 PM  
Ack ack ack ack
2004-03-18 05:58:34 PM  
I saw that the last time I was there.
2004-03-18 05:58:35 PM  
bar bar bar bar

(to go with luckyeddie)
2004-03-18 06:00:14 PM  
[image from too old to be available]
Im wearing my hat just in case.
2004-03-18 06:03:17 PM  
If there is life elsewhere in the universe, mankind will never know of it until the last priest is strangled with his own intestines.
2004-03-18 06:03:44 PM  
not a comet. Possibly a meteor. But's questionable. Most meteors that bright leave smoke trails...there is no smoke trail in that pic.

As for saying it's one of our ships...there are only two Earth-sourced satellites in a polar orbit around Mars (the movement of the item was north-south, I believe), so that makes things even more interesting...
2004-03-18 06:04:44 PM  
Real estate is a good investment. Get in the market now before it's too late!
Mars Real Estate
2004-03-18 06:05:33 PM  
[That would be "Terrans" Weaver.

/too much starcraft]

I thought the inhabitants of Mars were all adepts of the Machine God?

/too much Warhammer40k!
2004-03-18 06:06:18 PM  
He he, Pantaloons

Maybe that was the probe they lost a few years ago.
2004-03-18 06:06:36 PM  
Untouched from JPL site, save the crop and callout highlights on the second version:

2004-03-18 06:06:38 PM  
[mankind will never know of it until the last priest is strangled with his own intestines.]

Who gets to off the wiccans?
2004-03-18 06:06:51 PM  
But are they water intolerant?

/not a darn thing
2004-03-18 06:07:04 PM  
Pantaloon duck, white goose neck quacked:"Webcor, Webcor".
2004-03-18 06:08:23 PM  
Might be the Bean-with-bacon MegaRocket.
2004-03-18 06:10:44 PM  
Probably just some Canadians headed back to Titan...
2004-03-18 06:12:31 PM  
It's not V'Ger.


[image from too old to be available]
2004-03-18 06:13:50 PM  
We must get our hands on these to protect our pussies
2004-03-18 06:14:03 PM  
Weaver95 - it's a well-known fact that reading too many WH40k books (including army codexes) makes you impotent and smelly. Back away now before it's too late.
2004-03-18 06:14:34 PM  
Who gets to off the wiccans?

I call dibs!
2004-03-18 06:14:48 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

It's a giant space sperm out to seed Mars with life!
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