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Floating Spoon Spotted On Mars?

Floating Spoon Spotted On Mars? 2

Of all the strange things people think they’ve seen in images of Mars — from crab monsters to pyramids — this might be the oddest one yet: a spoon that appears to be hovering just above the surface of the Red Planet.

OK, it’s not really a spoon: it’s a bit of rock that has weathered out from the surrounding landscape, imaged by the Mars Curiosity rover. But the resemblance to a spoon is uncanny, both in the thinness of the “handle” and the bowl-like end. You can see it’s an actual outcrop by the shadow. This is no “woman on Mars“: it’s a real feature, not a shadow or a trick of the eye.

A thin fragile rock feature like this wouldn’t survive long on Earth. Our atmosphere is much thicker and wetter: rain and other precipitation would erode a spoon like that away in a short time. Earth also has earthquakes and pesky organisms that interfere with delicate natural features, none of which Mars has. Of course, we don’t know how long this rock-spoon has been around, or how much longer it’ll survive. Mars has sandstorms and other abrasive weather, though they take longer to wear down rock than rain does.

So whatever that bald kid from The Matrix says: there is a spoon. It’s just not gonna be much use for eating, much less for spoon-bending.

(Tip of the pendulum to Emily Lakdawalla and Unmanned Spaceflight forum member “fredk” for spotting the spoon in the Mars Curiosity data.)

Here’s the “spoon,” seen in a NASA image taken by the Curiosity rover’s Mastcam on Aug. 30 (the circle has been added for emphasis; the raw image is available here):

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But though it certainly looks spoon-like, it is, of course, not a spoon. It’s not actually floating, either, for that matter.

NASA says the unique — and very familiar — form is likely a ventifact, or a rock that’s been shaped by wind. (The space agency has a presentation explaining how ventifacts are formed, along with some examples of them here on Earth as well as on Mars.)

Source www.forbes.com and www.huffingtonpost.com

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anyway, that’s some of the stuff I find interesting in the picture, but there is more.

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this looks like part of a bone.

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This looks like a wall of some kind.

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the way I study these things is to go to the original image and start from scratch. When I get to it I’ll get back to you.

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I’m not even sure what to call this thing.

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this picture is full of stuff. here is a cropped and enlarged section from the full scale image. this rock looks like it is floating in midair. or is this the spoon you meant? I’m clipping more so more to follow.

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right that’s what I meant by “suspended and embedded in the rock” It’s like debris covered in mud that is partially washed away.

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The “spoon” is not floating. If you check it looks more like part of a pipe that continues under the surface to the right >>> of the photograph.

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First, it is not floating, it’s attached… ! 😀

Jim
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The auther said “it appears to be” floating. He did not say “it was” floating

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so we all know about pareidolia, in this instance though there is a clear spoon shape form suspended and embedded in the rock. The suspended “spoon shape” casts a shadow that shows more of the form. This is a true mysterious form and should be investigated further. The other thing that is unclear is the size of the object? Anybody know what? It could be a petrified plant.

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No clue what that is but looks friggen strange. Did you ever see the finger on mars?

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It looks like a spoon shaped antenna or what we would interpret as a spoon shape sticking out of the sand??? Remember that our brains are interpreting shapes that are familiar to us!!! Who’s to say that anything alien made is going to look like anything we recognize here on Earth?? Thats why I feel the interpretation of some of the so called alien structures on the moon are rather unreliable but not impossible! !!!

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Where’s Uri Geller????? Lol

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THIS VERY FINE SCULPTED STONE IS NOT FLOATING !

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Kind of alian feedingplace , drive in resturant…

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