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Submitted by -Mezzo- 1094d ago | news

Mars Rover Spots Metallic 'Arm' Sticking Out Of A Rock

HuffingtonPost - There's another weird thing on Mars, and Nasa really doesn't know what it is this time.

You may remember the $2.5 billion Curiosity rover currently drilling rocks on the Red Planet already found strange shiny things and what was labelled a 'Martian Flower'. (Culture, Hi-tech)

-Mezzo-  +   1094d ago
Werid. The image was not clear........As always.
BrunoM  +   1094d ago
They need to start going to best buy and add a 600 bucks camera to these 2 billion dollar rovers so we had ultra high hd images ....
GodsHand  +   1093d ago
They have a better camera then a $600 one from bestbuy, but they don't release full resolution pictures to the public.
momthemeatloaf  +   1093d ago
That picture was probably taken from miles away. What camera at best buy can do that and pin point an object? The camera alone on that thing is probably 10 million dollars.

NASA uses technology 50-75 years ahead of the general public. They have their own technology.
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drummerx2709  +   1093d ago
@ BrunoM

A $600 camera would produce images that are of such a high quality that it would take forever to send them back to Earth. That's why they use low quality images.
Human Analog  +   1093d ago
The real issue is that when they started development, and design of the rover 10 years ago, the technology for digital cameras was not as advanced as today. But once the manufacturing process, and testing of internal systems starts. They are locked in with what ever tech they chose. Could you imagine if at the last minute some engineer decided to drop in the latest and greatest without proper trials? They launch it, and at 30 million miles away it doesn't work. It isn't like they can just go fix it like the Hubble Telescope (remember that fiasco?).
etechmag  +   1094d ago
The said "arm" is only 0.5 cm tall, so of course the picture won't be stellar unless the it is taken up close. As the protrusion wasn't the primary imaging target, the rover was further away from it. The protrusion was found in a panoramic image, and what we're seeing is a zoomed in version.

The report from Huffpo is usual sensationalist bullcrap.
Shadow Flare  +   1093d ago
They're gonna drive up to it and its gonna have "Beagle 2" written on it
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CanadianTurtle  +   1094d ago
It actually doesn't look like an arm.
Cueil  +   1094d ago
do my eyes fool more or did I see a right angle in that picture?
level 360  +   1093d ago
Quite sure they already got rover Curiosity to check it out, so stay tuned in a couple of days/weeks.

It doesn't look like that "thing" is sinking in but more like it's coming out as shown with the cracks.
adorie  +   1093d ago
I'm thinking if they find anything significant, it will be held in secret. -_-

We need to claim Mars already, before the other countries do. Lol..
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soultecc  +   1093d ago
how the hell can you claim a planet
360ICE  +   1093d ago
Ask USA. We've already claimed one.
adorie  +   1092d ago
What do you think the next frontier is?

Apologies, but the question reeks of naivety.

My comment was a loose joke. e_e
RememberThe357  +   1093d ago
It looks like a hunk of metal sticking out of the ground. A robotic arm is slightly more complex than that.
cyclindk  +   1093d ago
C3PO?

So mars IS Tatooine afterall...
biRdy  +   1093d ago
yea with a label made in china
RetrospectRealm  +   1093d ago
Why did you use that misleading picture as your cover photo here? xD
DanielForth  +   1093d ago
Looks more like a Robotic Foot to me.
truewittness  +   1093d ago
looks like it fell off the Curiosity itself to me and then it took a picture of it telling NASA "I'm falling apart, help me".
Soldierone  +   1093d ago
Of all the people to speak on the issue, why choose a screenwriter? I'm in school to be a screenwriter. We have a very general knowledge of things we write about, nothing more lol
MegadethAndy  +   1093d ago
Its a Prothean beacon. If they go to Pluto, they will find a Mass Effect relay. I should go...
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chukamachine  +   1093d ago
Yeah the camera is 2megapixels, but the sensor is very high quality and that is what is most important. plus the lenses.

http://www.flickr.com/photo...

stitched together images. pretty good for 2mp.
TheOneEyedHound  +   1093d ago
C3PO.....
mmj  +   1093d ago
Probably just debris from a crashed meteorite.

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