The Mystery Of The Strange Vanishing Object On Mars Has Been Solved

Earlier this week, a strange silhouette appeared on one of the early pictures taken by the Mars Curiosity rover's Hazard-Avoidance Cams. Shortly after that picture was taken, the mysterious shadow was gone, causing a firestorm among conspiracy theorists worldwide.

The answer to the mystery was simple — and pretty cool too:

According to NASA, it was the impact plume created by the sky crane's crash on the Marian surface.

The images shown in this animated GIF were taken 45 minutes apart, which explains why you can see the impact plume on the first but it's gone on the second.


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    Remi, you did state your opinion, hidden behind 'it is very understandable'.

    No, one can understand certain methods of thinking or actions that are not your own, but not make it my opinion

    For example, I can understand why some think the moon landing was faked, but my opinion is that it wasn't. See, not so hard is it?

    And not just in NASA - you'd have to involve people from all over the world, including the listening stations in Australia.

    I think conspiracy theorists overestimate the ability to keep such a big secret!

      Put it this way, if it was fake, I am quite certain countries like Russia & China that might not exactly like the United States would possibly come out & say "Oh yeah NASA never put anything into orbit & we can prove it since our satellites never picked anything up" etc..

    A fake landing would be better quality and have a laugh track

    the other problem with conspiracy theories, is the general population, because you all say we're "crazy" or "insane" I don't see how being educated not by the media or by corrupt governments, but by our own experiences, and the experience of others is insane.... Believing in a 2000 year book with random quotes and sayings from "holy men" and "the son of god" could be any less different. The other difference between conspiracy theorists and the general populace is that we can accept if we are wrong, can accept we made mistakes, because after all they are only theories until sufficient evidence has been produced.

    All these conspiracy theories have two basic problems. One, they believe the government is competent. And, two, they believe the government can keep a secret.

    We can already go there and back if the right political will was present.
    Check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Direct
    Read: The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet… (the doco is also available on th PS network but bizarrely R18 for absolutely no reason that I could tell.)

    We have the tech available NOW to send people there there.

    It would be funny if Curiosity found some vital and abundant resources which could be easily extracted at a low cost on Mars (plus cheap and easy fuel), we'd having full on Mining operations there within 15 years guaranteed.

      Think about how much it costs to launch any reasonable weight from the surface off the earth. Now double that. Mining Mars for materials to use on earth is children's TV level SciFi unless you can come up with a new type of propulsion.
      Mining asteroids would be far, far easier and cheaper.
      Stuff mined on Mars will only be used for products on Mars for at least the first few decades of any settlement, and even after that it'd probably only leave the surface as manufactured goods.

    Re Mars.. Just look at the place, it is already destroyed, nothing we could do would make it any worse....

    Lets just turn it into a giant 4x4 and Dirtbike post apocalyptic theme park....

    The mining companies prime function will be to make better jumps... (oh and send stuff back to earth sometimes.... Cheers.

    Its 2012, and we're being Fed BS by NASA again.
    B&W imagery ?
    2fp45minutes ? WTF

    No that puff of dust was not dust at all and it wasn't created by the skycrane - it was a puff of smoke coming out of the Mars Bar factory.

    You are very funny MD

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