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2022-02-27 5:21:28 AM  
Flower.
 
2022-02-27 5:21:57 AM  
That's one weird looking thingy.

/ Looks like coral, probably isn't. Probably.
 
2022-02-27 6:08:46 AM  
Robot poop
 
2022-02-27 6:19:20 AM  
Lightning fossil.
 
2022-02-27 6:35:50 AM  
Great article not afraid to get technical right out of the gate.
 
2022-02-27 6:58:55 AM  
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2022-02-27 7:19:42 AM  
It's a streetlight.
 
2022-02-27 7:31:57 AM  

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Paige, no!
 
2022-02-27 8:14:23 AM  
So the camera was about 4 cm from that thing, which means we're seeing individual grains if sand around it and it's maybe the size of a grape?
 
2022-02-27 9:20:40 AM  
One of your mom's?
 
2022-02-27 9:52:37 AM  

Warthog: So the camera was about 4 cm from that thing, which means we're seeing individual grains if sand around it and it's maybe the size of a grape?


No less interesting because of that fact.   Hard to explain without a biological basis.
 
2022-02-27 9:54:39 AM  

dittybopper: Warthog: So the camera was about 4 cm from that thing, which means we're seeing individual grains if sand around it and it's maybe the size of a grape?

No less interesting because of that fact.   Hard to explain without a biological basis.


Yeah, exactly.  If it were upside down you might say it was the result of flowing water crystalizing, but how does it branch upward like that?  I can't think of any non-biological formations with upward fingers like that.
 
2022-02-27 10:03:02 AM  
 
2022-02-27 10:36:48 AM  

dittybopper: Warthog: So the camera was about 4 cm from that thing, which means we're seeing individual grains if sand around it and it's maybe the size of a grape?

No less interesting because of that fact.   Hard to explain without a biological basis.


So....if you were not so stupid, you would remember that Mars is prone to global dust storms. Particles of dust hitting each other over and over generates static electricity. Get enough and it will discharge as a lightning strike. When lightning hits sand on earth it leaves huge fused shapes. Since lightning on Mars is not that strong, it cannot produce the same size shapes, and has to make things that are far smaller


So no, its not aliens. Mars never had the ability to support life that would get to that size
 
2022-02-27 10:57:31 AM  

lifeslammer: dittybopper: Warthog: So the camera was about 4 cm from that thing, which means we're seeing individual grains if sand around it and it's maybe the size of a grape?

No less interesting because of that fact.   Hard to explain without a biological basis.

So....if you were not so stupid, you would remember that Mars is prone to global dust storms. Particles of dust hitting each other over and over generates static electricity. Get enough and it will discharge as a lightning strike. When lightning hits sand on earth it leaves huge fused shapes. Since lightning on Mars is not that strong, it cannot produce the same size shapes, and has to make things that are far smaller


So no, its not aliens. Mars never had the ability to support life that would get to that size


I said hard, but not impossible.

If you weren't so busy being a dick, you'd understand that lightning discharges generally produce dendritic shapes in the exact opposite orientation than what we see here, branching downwards, not upwards.
 
2022-02-27 11:10:00 AM  
So Curiosity has attained sentience, and its first act is to send us dick pics
 
2022-02-27 11:36:17 AM  
Water condensation from landing jets....then it freezes?
 
2022-02-27 12:31:47 PM  

optikeye: Water condensation from landing jets....then it freezes?


The rover doesn't have landing jets.
 
2022-02-27 12:42:11 PM  

Warthog: Never mind, it's a crystal: https://scitechdaily.com/curiosity-rover-finds-a-bizarre-rock-on-mars-that-looks-like-a-flower/


It has the texture of a concretion, although the shape would be unusual for one on Earth. Looks like this isn't the first one NASA's found on Mars, though.
 
2022-02-27 1:07:36 PM  

lonomoholo: optikeye: Water condensation from landing jets....then it freezes?

The rover doesn't have landing jets.


Well, it's Uber did.
 
2022-02-27 1:42:27 PM  
Reminds me of one of those molten-lead ant colony castings.

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2022-02-27 1:45:59 PM  
Its tiny
https://twitter.com/abbyfrae/status/1497375698985521153
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https://twitter.com/ThePlanetaryGuy/status/1497277519950757892
Looks like wee marcasite pseudomorphs commonly found in evaporite settings. It's probably now an iron oxide taking the form of what was originally some iron-sulphide mineral.

A lot of discussion and a rotatable 3-D model here.
https://www.universetoday.com/154699/curiosity-finds-a-bizarre-rock-on-mars-that-looks-like-a-flower/
 
2022-02-27 2:10:33 PM  
It looks like clumping kitty litter, better grab the slotted scoop!

Seriously though.

It's a wonderfully sharp and clear picture! It's awesome to get this level of sharpness.
 
2022-02-27 2:58:57 PM  

covfefe: Great article not afraid to get technical right out of the gate.


Most people don't understand dustcaps.
 
2022-02-27 3:49:21 PM  
 
2022-02-27 5:26:29 PM  

HairBolus: Its tiny
https://twitter.com/abbyfrae/status/1497375698985521153
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https://twitter.com/ThePlanetaryGuy/status/1497277519950757892
Looks like wee marcasite pseudomorphs commonly found in evaporite settings. It's probably now an iron oxide taking the form of what was originally some iron-sulphide mineral.

A lot of discussion and a rotatable 3-D model here.
https://www.universetoday.com/154699/curiosity-finds-a-bizarre-rock-on-mars-that-looks-like-a-flower/


screw the crystal formation how did a penny from 1999 get there?

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2022-02-27 6:34:47 PM  
Martian Lego piece.

Aim the camera upward to find the Martian dad screaming in pain.
 
2022-02-27 8:39:43 PM  
It  makes me think of a desert rose.
 
2022-02-28 5:35:07 AM  

libranoelrose: Robot poop


HairBolus: Its tiny
https://twitter.com/abbyfrae/status/1497375698985521153
[Fark user image 414x252]

https://twitter.com/ThePlanetaryGuy/status/1497277519950757892
Looks like wee marcasite pseudomorphs commonly found in evaporite settings. It's probably now an iron oxide taking the form of what was originally some iron-sulphide mineral.

A lot of discussion and a rotatable 3-D model here.
https://www.universetoday.com/154699/curiosity-finds-a-bizarre-rock-on-mars-that-looks-like-a-flower/


I'd like to change my answer to a micro robot who ate my sense of humor
 
2022-02-28 5:35:29 AM  

talkertopc: It  makes me think of a desert rose.


Thank you
 
2022-02-28 9:17:09 AM  

uttertosh: Lightning fossil.


Beat me to it.  Likely candidate.
 
2022-02-28 11:13:34 AM  

texanb4: uttertosh: Lightning fossil.

Beat me to it.  Likely candidate.


Impossible. There's not enough oxygen up there for Zeus to breathe.
 
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