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Nasa's Opportunity Rover Has Found An Alien 'dome' On Mars

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UFO hunters have spotted a bizarre dome structure in one of NASA's pictures beamed back from the Opportunity Rover.
They believe it is an artificial structure made by aliens at some point in Mars' past when water ran freely on the surface.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/science/mars-alien-dome-proof-ancient-6933223

The photos are from NASA, so shouldn't be manipulated (unless NASA themselves manipulated them).

That looks a lot like dome shaped buildings to me, what do you think?

Edit: fixed typos

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Much as I would love there to be something up there that isn't entirely natural this overhead shot from the same story doesn't look anything other than natural to me.

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Much as I would love there to be something up there that isn't entirely natural this overhead shot from the same story doesn't look anything other than natural to me.

Mars-Dome.jpg

THat shot is a crater from our moon, nothing to do with the Mars domes. The Mirror labeled that wrongly when copying the article from the DM, I should have linked to the DM article which is better, but I don't link to the DM out of principle. ;)

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Drip drip drip disinfo.

You mean they are presenting it as an alien structure while in reality it was built by humans (as part of the rumored 'secret space programs')? :huh:

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THat shot is a crater from our moon, nothing to do with the Mars domes. The Mirror labeled that wrongly when copying the article from the DM, I should have linked to the DM article which is better, but I don't link to the DM out of principle. ;)

And there's me thinking that the papers check before printing!

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THat shot is a crater from our moon, nothing to do with the Mars domes. The Mirror labeled that wrongly when copying the article from the DM, I should have linked to the DM article which is better, but I don't link to the DM out of principle. ;)

Did the Mail include the value? "The £400,000 alien structure has recently been renovated by Bob Wilmott and his partner Stephanie (24). Mr Wilmott said 'we were hoping to rent it out but so far Foxtons have not come up with a sensible figure"

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I think it's a compost bin. :blink:. From a time in the distant past when Mars had allotments.

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Martians/aliens - yet another fear the governments would like to dangle over our heads...

I know what side I'd pick!

Is that a Dalek just off to the right that is going up that wiggly path?

Looks more like a scutter!

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I don't necessarily think it's evidence of aliens, but it certainly looks odd enough to warrant a closer look. Why weren't NASA curious enough to trundle the rover over there?

Loads of reasons.

Firstly the "dome" must be below a certain size. Reason being is that if it were bigger then they would see it on the MRO pictures. So whatever it is it is probably fairly small. It's hard to get any idea of scale from these photos.

Secondly, the slope may be too difficult to handle. Thirdly the slope may be too rocky. The rover has had some problems with its wheels which have resulted in them being damaged. They probably plot the route path fairly carefully to avoid them getting further damaged.

Fourthly, if they went over to every weird rock that someone spotted in the photos (I think there have been about 5 on the daily rage so far) then they probably would spend all their time investigating weird rocks and no time actually doing any science.

Finally, I doubt whether investigating weird rocks that look like alien domes is one of the mission success/appraisal criteria. NASA probably don't want the mission appraisal to go something like "Well NASA, we spent 2 billion on the Mars Rover to determine whether Mars was ever a suitable environment for life, what is your conclusion ? Well we don't know, but we did spend a load of time buggering about sending the rover to look at rocks that initially looked like alien domes but in fact turned out to be completely normal".

I think if the rock had interested the geologists then they would have sent the rover over to have a look (subject to some of the points above). Who knows, maybe they didn't spot it and they may take another look. On the other hand, maybe they did, looked at it in other camera photos from other angles or MRO images and decided it was nothing special.

Edit :

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2205952/Pyramids-Mars-Nasa-engineers-drive-Curiosity-investigate-mysterious-rock-red-planet.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2769279/The-red-yellow-green-planet-Strange-traffic-light-shaped-rock-spotted-Mars.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2783339/I-CANNON-t-believe-Latest-bizarre-rock-spotted-Mars-appears-look-like-heavy-artillery.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2492862/The-iguana-MARS-Mysterious-rock-looks-like-lizard-spotted-Nasas-Curiosity-rover.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3293333/Bear-ly-plausible-UFO-spotter-alerts-baby-bear-living-Mars-complete-fur-similarly-shaped-rock.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2277978/Nothing-Nasa-scientists-claim-shiny-object-spotted-Mars-surface-merely-result-natural-wind-erosion.html

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Loads of reasons.

Firstly the "dome" must be below a certain size. Reason being is that if it were bigger then they would see it on the MRO pictures. So whatever it is it is probably fairly small. It's hard to get any idea of scale from these photos.

Secondly, the slope may be too difficult to handle. Thirdly the slope may be too rocky. The rover has had some problems with its wheels which have resulted in them being damaged. They probably plot the route path fairly carefully to avoid them getting further damaged.

Fourthly, if they went over to every weird rock that someone spotted in the photos (I think there have been about 5 on the daily rage so far) then they probably would spend all their time investigating weird rocks and no time actually doing any science.

Finally, I doubt whether investigating weird rocks that look like alien domes is one of the mission success/appraisal criteria. NASA probably don't want the mission appraisal to go something like "Well NASA, we spent 2 billion on the Mars Rover to determine whether Mars was ever a suitable environment for life, what is your conclusion ? Well we don't know, but we did spend a load of time buggering about sending the rover to look at rocks that initially looked like alien domes but in fact turned out to be completely normal".

I think if the rock had interested the geologists then they would have sent the rover over to have a look (subject to some of the points above). Who knows, maybe they didn't spot it and they may take another look. On the other hand, maybe they did, looked at it in other camera photos from other angles or MRO images and decided it was nothing special.

Edit :

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2205952/Pyramids-Mars-Nasa-engineers-drive-Curiosity-investigate-mysterious-rock-red-planet.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2769279/The-red-yellow-green-planet-Strange-traffic-light-shaped-rock-spotted-Mars.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2783339/I-CANNON-t-believe-Latest-bizarre-rock-spotted-Mars-appears-look-like-heavy-artillery.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2492862/The-iguana-MARS-Mysterious-rock-looks-like-lizard-spotted-Nasas-Curiosity-rover.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3293333/Bear-ly-plausible-UFO-spotter-alerts-baby-bear-living-Mars-complete-fur-similarly-shaped-rock.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2277978/Nothing-Nasa-scientists-claim-shiny-object-spotted-Mars-surface-merely-result-natural-wind-erosion.html

I wasn't trying to imply a cover-up. This is making news in multiple national papers. I would have thought there would be a NASA press officer who would issue statements fairly quickly when a picture spikes interest and debunk the more sensational claims. Or do they/the papers like to let this speculation run wild, as it's good cheap advertising/press.

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THat shot is a crater from our moon, nothing to do with the Mars domes. The Mirror labeled that wrongly when copying the article from the DM, I should have linked to the DM article which is better, but I don't link to the DM out of principle. ;)

Its the top of a giant brain

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I wasn't trying to imply a cover-up. This is making news in multiple national papers. I would have thought there would be a NASA press officer who would issue statements fairly quickly when a picture spikes interest and debunk the more sensational claims. Or do they/the papers like to let this speculation run wild, as it's good cheap advertising/press.

Dunno. I think it's a double edged sword. On the one hand my guess is they like the public taking an interest, and there are things the public can do to help.

Sometimes Joe Public can spot something the scientists missed, and there are a number of crowd sourced projects going on to try to make sense of the mass of data that comes down from Kepler, Galaxy Zoo, that sort of stuff.

That said, it's not practical to investigate everything, and the cries of "it's a cover up" every time some crackpot discovers an unusual looking rock that they decide they don't want to investigate/is worth putting the rover at risk for are probably quite tiresome.

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Dunno. I think it's a double edged sword. On the one hand my guess is they like the public taking an interest, and there are things the public can do to help.

Sometimes Joe Public can spot something the scientists missed, and there are a number of crowd sourced projects going on to try to make sense of the mass of data that comes down from Kepler, Galaxy Zoo, that sort of stuff.

That said, it's not practical to investigate everything, and the cries of "it's a cover up" every time some crackpot discovers an unusual looking rock that they decide they don't want to investigate/is worth putting the rover at risk for are probably quite tiresome.

This "dome" is the first one to look remotely interesting out of this whole genre of stories.

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I believe we have rounded rocks here on earth.

They are called pebbles.

Every pebble on earth should be investigated.

I found a good round stone once. It was a fossil of a sea urchin.

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The shape is interesting and doens't look much like a natural formation to my untrained eye. What I find most interesting is that the pixels near the middle of the 'dome' seem to show light reflecting back, which suggests a metallic or glasslike substance.

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I believe we have rounded rocks here on earth.

They are called pebbles.

Every pebble on earth should be investigated.

Pebbles are normally considered to be a sign of water erosion aren't they? Isn't it looking for clear evidence of flowing water.

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If "we" saw that shape in ISIS territory "we" would bomb it for sure.

My goodness! It's the top of a giant Mosque. :D:huh:

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