ALIEEEEEEENS!: Mars Rover Curiousity Takes Its First Scoop Of Soil, Spots Mysterious Metallic Object Nearby

October 9, 2012


Curiosity had just taken its first scoop of Martian soil for analysis when an operator here on earth noticed a mysterious metallic object on the ground beneath the rover. WHAT COULD IT BE?! Is it a little robotic beetle? A new element? Something much, MUCH less exciting?

The image--taken by the right Mast Camera during the mission's 61st Martian day--shows Curiosity's robotic arm's scoop full of sand and dust, waiting to be deposited inside its analysis unit. But, after looking closer at the photo, someone noticed that unusual bright piece.

The scooping operation was then halted and the rover was instructed to take a closer look of the object, which hasn't arrived yet to ground control.

SPOILER: It's a screw. If it looks like a screw, it's probably a screw. I give it a day before a wheel falls off. Then the Martians are gonna think we're just a bunch of rednecks who've only come to their planet to park our broken-ass cars in their yards. We're not all like that, I swear! (Please don't vaporize earth)

Thanks to Douglass, sherm and Chris, who agree it's never a good sign to find pieces of your vehicle not attached to your vehicle.

  • ZomBBombeR

    Poor thing's already starting to eat the dirt, man nasa needs to get their shit straight.

  • Mighty Molecule

    shit is too "nasashopped" to even believe anymore. for all we know after waiting a week for a picture to be processed a bridgestone tire will be missed and be seen sticking out from a hill in the horizon 200 miles away...

  • Anderson Monteiro

    Bah..just a screw form the falling apart "mars rover". May the winds blow you away.

  • n_a_a_s

    finally, the old pickup line 'wanna screw' can be used even on mars

  • MC

    Thanks Earth for polluting our planet with your ill assembled robots waste, we are not interested in joining your league of pollution nor do we intend on being influenced by your practice of "litter bugging" . . . do your actions know no bounds!

    Mr. and Mrs. Ail-Eanfrummarz

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    exactly. we trash our planet with plastic waste and now we are already starting the same with Mars. is it going to find a styrofoam cup next?

  • JJtoob

    Don't you guys think the shadows are all wrong? Where's Daisy when you need her?

  • ok, the screw...but where the fuck is waldo?

  • Brendan McGloin
  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    that is a convenient excuse for them. we all know it was a piece from a martian ship of some sorts.

  • Guest

    Whatever it is, it might belong to Marvin.

  • Ryan


    This is definitive proof that there is life on Mars.
    I'll back up my claim with a detailed image I made.

  • stakoverflo

    It's a screw?
    "IIIII. Droped the screwwwwww. In the planet!"

  • Guest

    Thanks for making me laugh. XD

  • Rocer

    Dude, kinda late on the news, it's not metal, it's plastic. There's already a close up of the thing.

  • We send a robot with a camera all that way and thats the best resolution we can get?? It looks like a pebble >.>

  • Marcus Como

    Whatever it is, it fell off the rover during landing, ffs. What are the odds that we'd land next to the one odd piece of metal junk already on Mars? Jesus.

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