The Ancient Ruins of Mars

I just got through with listening to the latest Mars Curiosity rover press conference, occurring on Jan. 15, 2013. It is absolutely hilarious!!!!! In many instances they elude to the landscape actually being the ruins of an ancient city, but they so carefully walk all around it without actually saying it — it’s just so hilarious.

If you listen to the entire news conference, in summary, what they reveal was: They had a general idea where the rover would set down on the surface of Mars, but they weren’t absolutely precisely sure where. After it landed, they took a thermal image of the landscape, and saw a thermal anomaly that they couldn’t explain. In the field of urban planning, they call it an “urban heat island.” The thing is, even if you’ve got a urban landscape in a state of ultra extreme decay, the existence of the ruins themselves are going to produce the heat island effect in contrast to outside of the city.

So they saw this urban heat island in the satellite thermal imaging, and they decided to head on over and check it out. And in the words of Richard Cooke, the project manager for the mission, “I think it’s sufficient to say that the scientist have been let into the candy store.” “I know that the scientists are ecstatic about the kinds of things that they’re seeing in this area.”

The scientists have been let into the candy store!!!!!!!!! lololololol!

As Michael Malin, director of the mastcam operations, spoke, that ze danced around the topic of ruins without saying it was so incredibly obvious:

“If you could go to the first slide that I’ve prepared for “Malin-1,” you’ll see a part of the area that we’re in, we’re sitting at now. Basically, over the last several months we’ve been descending down into a depression, off of the plateau on which Curiosity landed, and we’ve now reached the bottom of that depression. We’re looking back towards the direction we came from at the stratigraphy, at the layering in the rock that we’ve descended into. The first image that you see here, you see the two lower most units, the lower one we’re calling “sheep bed”, and the second one which is the surface just above the little cliff that you se there, that cliff is only like the size of a side[walk], the margin of a sidewalk, is called, the upper one is called “Gillespie.” And what we are starting to see are lots of attributes of these lower units some of which are representative of how the materials were emplaced, and some of the features are telling us what has happened to them after they were emplaced.”

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The image titled Malin-1, mentioned in the audio clip above.

“Units,” “sidewalk,” and “emplaced” got me laughing so hard. The dance around is profuse!!!! A lot of the pictures in this area appear to be actual slabs of roadways and sidewalks that have undergone immense decay, from simple weathering, to elevation changes, to flooding, etc.

Another reasons they talked about for being and staying for a while at this lomsieos were the great diversity of rocks, many of which they have absolutely no idea how such rocks were formed. One thing they also kept repeating as important was the finding of calcium mineralization in the cracks of so many of the rocks and they interpreted this to be a sign that this area had been was underwater a great deal:

From the picture above, from the press conference, one can see that the surface of this concrete roadway or walkway has, to a great extent, worn away leaving a raw sub-surface, and the white bits here and there are the calcium deposits in the cracks.

A big story across the web resieos has been the flowery object embedded in some concrete. In this press conference, they talked about this flowery object, and simply passed it off as saying that it’s simply some larger sand that’s differently colored. The real elephant in the room is that the image is from concrete in the ruins of an ancient city that had been underwater.

Pretty cool stuff!!!!

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