Curiosity Rover Spots A Light On Mars

Posted: Apr 9 2014, 1:30pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 9 2014, 1:33pm CDT, in News | Other Stuff

Curiosity rover spots a light on Mars
Discovery News
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Not a Martian with a flashlight

One of the best-explored planets in our solar system, not counting the Earth, is Mars. Mars has probes in orbit and the Curiosity rover prowling around on its surface. We have already seen some curious things found by Curiosity, like the donut shaped rock that appeared not long ago.

Another odd and interesting happening has turned up this week when Curiosity saw what looked like a light on the surface of the planet reports Discovery News. NASA scientists are trying to explain the odd light seen on the surface and believe that it might be a reflection off the shiny surface of a rock.

"One possibility is that the light is the glint from a rock surface reflecting the sun," Justin Maki, imaging scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told NBC's Alan Boyle. "When these images were taken each day, the sun was in the same direction as the bright spot, west-northwest from the rover, and relatively low in the sky."

The scientists admit that another possibility is that light is leaking through a vent hole in the camera housing. Scientists have said that the light is appearing in two different images taken on two different days using the same instrument. The only thing scientists are sure of is that the light isn’t signs of alien life. Talk about this photo first surfaced on a UFO forum and then gained nationwide attention. It’s certainly interesting to see what looks like a spot light sitting in the Martian distance.

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