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January 18, 2014

Red Planet Pebbles On the Move [Bumped]


Rock mysteriously appears in front of the Mars Opportunity rover | Left: a photo taken 3528 days after the Opportunity rover arrival to Mars. Right: the exact same spot 12 Mars days later. Notice the difference? NASA JPL scientists did too: "It's about the size of a jelly doughnut. It was a total surprise, we were like 'wait a second, that wasn't there before, it can't be right. Oh my god! It wasn't there before!' We were absolutely startled."

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 18, 2014 11:37 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I'm not saying it was aliens, but it was aliens.

Posted by: C W Swanson at January 17, 2014 10:50 AM

Maybe it is a Jelly doughnut.

Posted by: Potsie at January 17, 2014 11:09 AM

So there's a rover, a vehicle, on Mars and...a bunch of geeks can't figure out a rock was moved? Said vehicle, presumably, moves around on some type of tires...does anyone see where I'm going with this...hello...geeks...!?!?!

Or Martians, yea let's go with that.

Posted by: tim at January 17, 2014 12:03 PM

Just in time to draw our attention away from another Obama scandal

Posted by: Kelvin at January 17, 2014 12:38 PM

Yep, another attempt to cover an obama scandal or lunar winds are blowing lunar trash. Pick one.

Posted by: Jack at January 17, 2014 3:04 PM

Confirms what Representative Sheila Jackson Lee thought all along-it's a jelly doughnut left by our astronauts after they planted the flag. Did Opportunity rover get a photo of the flag as well?

Posted by: Marcus at January 17, 2014 3:54 PM

Brought to you by the same folks that did the Truman Show.

I got me some glasses like that guy in They Live so I can see everything. Everything, I tell ya.

Posted by: chasmatic at January 17, 2014 4:26 PM

Did you notice the piece missing from the structure in the lower left corner? A (doughnut size?) piece of what appears to be contiguous rock gone? Hmmm. Phasers?

Posted by: anon at January 17, 2014 5:11 PM

Ah, just more martian landscape to me.

Posted by: tripletap at January 17, 2014 5:21 PM

Wonder if it's the freezing and wind, like what moved the rocks in Death Valley? (Wind blows rocks across the icy(?) frozen ground.)

Posted by: leelu at January 17, 2014 6:20 PM

If you like your silly ideas about Mars being dead, you can keep your silly ideas about Mars being dead.

Me, I'm looking for a picture of Deja Thoris!

Posted by: Sherlock1 at January 17, 2014 8:27 PM

More likely you'll see Tars Tarkas first.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at January 18, 2014 5:02 AM

Wrong on both counts.

Ming the Merciless from the planet Mongo.

Posted by: chasmatic at January 18, 2014 6:02 AM

Oh crap, here comes another emergency trillion dollar progressive program to protect us from moving alien rocks.

Posted by: Denny at January 18, 2014 7:11 AM

You're close, Denny. They'll spend the trillions to restore the damaged Martian eco system that we callously ruined for corporate greed.


Posted by: jwm at January 18, 2014 12:47 PM

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