Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Second Source of Light detected by the Rover. Curiosity Sol 568.

Now This ONE:

Two different places, in two different Sols and two different sources of light...

This one looks remarkably similar to the first one that everyone was buzzing about last week. That one was explained away by NASA and other experts as being a "cosmic ray" being in the right place at the right moment to coincide with the camera snapping a photo, which is why it only appeared on one camera. Upon further reading in the thread, this second example of the mystery light source also only appears on the right camera and not the left, exactly as it does in the first photograph. Perhaps that indicates a technical issue with the right camera? 

Not unless it is also affecting the left camera too, as fellow ATSer Phage shows an example of a cosmic ray hit that happens to be on the left camera.

Now we have three images that show three different cosmic ray hits on both cameras. So, what's more likely here, that cosmic rays have overcome astronomical odds to appear at the exact moment the cameras snap photos or that a Martian lifeform is shooting flares to get our attention? For now, we're going to go with a little from column A and a little from column B, with a big dose from column C: We have no idea.

Source: ATS