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(Wired)   Curiosity finds an igneous rock of a variety no other rover has seen on Mars, so JPL scientists named it after their former Chief Engineer who passed away, and then they blasted at it with lasers while drinking to Scotty Time   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Sedimentary Rock, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, lava rocks, chiefs, Spirit and Opportunity, martian soil, Wired Science, empirical formulas  
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2012-10-12 06:04:22 AM  
3 votes:
Every once in a while I read stories like this and my mind gets bogged down in the details and the implications of their findings and I actually forget that this data is coming from such an incredible distance away.

Using lasers.

Fired from a rover.


/I love you, science
2012-10-12 09:31:51 PM  
1 vote:
Be very careful with the tip of that buried Pyramid, or the last thing the camera will see is this:

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2012-10-12 10:45:59 AM  
1 vote:
Promise me, Red. If you ever get out... find that spot. At the base of the crater, you'll find a rock that has no earthly business on Mars. Piece of black, volcanic glass. There's something buried under it I want you to have.
2012-10-12 09:55:51 AM  
1 vote:

dittybopper: PC LOAD LETTER: Oh yeah? What makes the rock so smart?

No, no, no. No one-one-two. No two-two-four.

/We are vrrrriends.

one by four by nine?

/got nothin
2012-10-12 09:37:36 AM  
1 vote:

PC LOAD LETTER: Oh yeah? What makes the rock so smart?

No, no, no. No one-one-two. No two-two-four.

/We are vrrrriends.
2012-10-12 09:25:34 AM  
1 vote:

Erix: There are lots of kinds of volcanic rock, which reflect the source rock, along with the location, timing, and depth of formation. Also, we've been mostly targeting locations characterized by sedimentary rocks, since we're primarily concerned with what was happening at surface of Mars and how it relates to the potential for water and life.

And now we're looking for Martian GOLD!
2012-10-12 09:16:56 AM  
1 vote:
This may be a silly suggestion, but how about we start linking to the brain trust actually doing these amazing things rather than some hipster dip-shiat at a news aggregate site.

2012-10-12 09:13:15 AM  
1 vote:
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