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Mysterious 'ball' on Mars: Where did it come from?
NASA says that a remarkably spherical rock spotted by the Curiosity Mars rover is a sign that the Red Planet harbored water in its ancient past.
By Elizabeth Howell, Universe Today September 29, 2014
It seems too round to be true — the Curiosity rover has found a ball-shaped object among the craggy rocks in its picture. This image was taken on Sol 746 of the rover’s mission on Mars, which so far has extended over two Earth years.
No, it’s not the leftover of a Martian baseball game and nor is it aliens. In fact, according to Discovery News (who is quoting NASA) it’s a kind of rock that shows evidence of water in the ancient past.
Ian O’Neill writes:
"According to MSL scientists based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., the ball isn’t as big as it looks — it’s approximately one centimeter wide. Their explanation is that it is most likely something known as a “concretion.” Other examples of concretions have been found on the Martian surface before — take, for example, the tiny haematite concretions, or “blueberries”, observed by Mars rover Opportunity in 2004 — and they were created during sedimentary rock formation when Mars was abundant in liquid water many millions of years ago."
Curiosity is now at the base of Mount Sharp (Aeolis Mons) — its main science goal — and scientists are hoping to find more signs of habitable environments as the rover slowly prepares for the climb up the slope. Mission managers will need to be careful as the rover has battered wheels from rougher terrain than expected.
The rover already has found other evidence of water in its landing site of Gale Crater, such as this ancient lakebed that could have supported life.
It is an interesting photo. The size appears larger than it really is; only about a cm diameter according to article.
If it was sitting on a square stand or triangular pattern below it; it would then perhaps raise some eyebrows.
Most of our planets appear to be desolate and harsh environments; that will not sustain human life for quite some time to come. Rather humanity can survive to the point of settling on other planets, our future generations will have to wait and see like us and our ancestors before us will have to wait, wait and wait.
Perhaps a human flight to Mars in the next fifty years?? If a better and faster propulsion comes along, then it will come to a more likely thing perhaps.