By Chris Ciaccia | Fox News
NASA has released a photo taken by its Curiosity rover that shows a mysterious, unexplained white light on Mars.
The black-and-white raw image was taken by the rover’s right “navcam” (which acts as sort of an eye) on June 16, 2019 or Sol 2438, and transmitted back to Earth. The navcam snapped the picture at 03:53:59 UTC.
The rover has two navcams and 17 cameras and it has been sending photographs continuously since it landed on the Red Planet in August 2012, nearly seven years ago.
It’s unclear exactly what the white spot on the photograph is, as images taken almost immediately before and after do not show the mysterious white light. The images below, also released publicly, were taken at 03:53:46 UTC and 03:54:12 UTC.
This image was snapped by Curiosity at 3:53:46 UTC. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
This image was snapped by Curiosity at 03:54:12 UTC. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
This is not the first time an anomaly of this sort has been spotted by Curiosity on Mars. In 2014, a separate mysterious white spot was seen by the rover on April 3, or Sol 589. At the time, JPL scientist Dr. Justin Maki said he believed the light could be a glint from the “rock surface reflecting the Sun.”
In December 2018, Curiosity detected a “shiny” object which may be a meteorite, but NASA researchers were not sure at the time. “The planning team thinks it might be a meteorite because it is so shiny,” NASA wrote in a November 2018 mission update. “But looks can deceive, and proof will only come from the chemistry.”
NASA sees Han Solo on planet Mercury
Published September 23, 2013
Is this Han Solo? The picture on the left, returned by NASA’s Messenger probe to Mercury, suggests Jabba the Hutt may have stashed his recalcitrant smuggler’s carbonite-encased body on the inferno planet closest to our Sun. (NASA)
A rock formation on Mercury looks suprisingly like Han Solo encased in carbonite, NASA joked recently. (NASA/JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY/CARNEGIE INSTITUTION OF WASHINGTON)
A photo of the surface of the planet Mercury has set astronomers giggling with what appears to be Star Wars’ hero Han Solo — frozen in carbonite.
The picture, released by the Messenger spacecraft division of NASA, shows a formation in the terrain of the Caloris basin “in the shape of a certain carbonite-encased smuggler who can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.”
“If there are two things you should remember, it’s not to cross a Hutt, and that Mercury’s surface can throw up all kinds of surprises,” the NASA website posted.
The region of Mercury’s surface was shaped by magma ejected during the formation of the Caloris basin. The body-shaped lumps may be remnants of what was there before.
The Messenger spacecraft is the first sent in to orbit the inferno planet closest to our Sun. During its two years of operation, it has so far taken more than 150,000 images as well as many other sensor readings.
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