Universe Today reports
The Curiosity Mars rover has found some strange-looking little things on Mars â€“ youâ€™ve likely heard of theÂ Mars â€˜flower,â€™Â theÂ piece of benign plasticÂ from the rover itself, and otherÂ bright flecks of granulesÂ in the Martian soil.
Now the rover has imaged a small metallic-looking protuberance on a rock. Â
Visible in the image above, the protuberance appears to have a high albedo and even projects a shadow on the rock below.
The image was taken with the right Mastcam on Curiosity on Sol 173 â€” January 30, 2013 here on Earth, and was pointed out to us by Elisabetta Bonora, an image editing enthusiast from Italy.
One thing is for sure: this will be grist for the mill for the conspiracy loons.
The Huffington Post adds
Whatever it is looks shiny, casts a shadow on the rock below and looks different to the rock it emerges from.
Universe Today speculates that it might be a different type of rock more resistant to erosion. Gizmodo insteadÂ wonders aloud whether it’s evidence of an alien death ship.
There you go. Â Jokes or not, the fun has started.
Still, that’s why Curiosity is there – to look around.