Curious rover found a cockroach?


NASA can not figure out what this mysterious contraption came to the attention Mars rover "Curiosity". 'm Not a cockroach?

All operations on Mars temporarily suspended. And it is unlikely because of some bullshit

— We just do not know what it is! — Recognized by NASA. In other words, the experts are not yet able to identify the object photographed by the robot "Curiosity" at their own wheels.

Recall the 61 th Martian day (Sol 61 — October 7, 2012, on Earth) robot scoop scooped Martian soil. The camera is located on the rod (Mastcam), captured this historic moment. In the frame of hit-filled scoop about the size of 5 by 7 inches, part of the robot and the surface on which it stands. And on the surface NASA specialists spotted an object that stood out from the surrounding background. No one, as they say, for language is not pulled. Self-reported, they say, see next to "curiosity" something very strange — a bright object, as they called it — bright object.

In this picture (with a shovel) NASA specialists have noticed a strange object
Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS
The facility lies in the Martian soil
Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

Enlarged image of the object, made from the rod rover
Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

If NASA is not informed of this bright object, then it would hardly anyone noticed. Gizmo — a little more than a centimeter in length. But aroused attention. More than that — fears. Since discovering bright object NASA specialists have suspended further operations. Did not even overload the soil from the scoop to the analyzers for further study. While gathered on the following day.

Instead, the study of Martian soil at NASA have attempted to identify the gizmo. To do this, photographed her close-up with a special camera for photomicrography (ChemCam: Remote Micro-Imager). But not identified.

From a distance — shot from the rod — the object looked like a cog. And it was assumed that he fell off of the robot. What actually scared — suddenly technique began to crumble.

Close-up made bright object like, I'm sorry too, whether on the shrimp, or a cockroach. See for yourself.

According to common understanding of such large creatures on Mars should not be. Therefore, experts are looking for a more plausible explanation. But until you find it. And sin, first of all, on the plastic piece that fell on the Martian ground.

The picture of the object (it is in the center), made camera for photomicrography October 8 at 19 pm in Earth time. What is not a cockroach?
Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / LANL
After three hours, the robot again photographed the "cockroach"
Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / LANL

Blowup made camera for photomicrography
Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / LANL

— We're going in circles around the double "Curiosity," which remained on Earth — says one of the drivers of the rover's Scott Maxwell (Scott Maxwell), — trying to understand what still could fall off.

Fans of conspiracy theories suggest: because of the tiny piece of plastic — because of some bullshit — would not have to suspend all work. Hence, the matter is serious. Perhaps, indeed found dead Martian cockroach? Or shrimp? And experts now think about how to shift the find in the scoop. And we are trying to fool the head.

Vladimir Lagowski


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