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Rover Curiosity Discovers Australia-Shaped Rock On Mars

Soulskill posted about 7 months ago | from the let's-send-our-prisoners-there dept.

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astroengine writes: "NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun science operations in a new area of study nicknamed 'the Kimberly' after the Western Australian region. But in a new image uploaded to the Mars Science Laboratory raw image archive, it seems 'the Kimberly' is a little more Australian than mission managers originally thought. As spotted by @CoUdErMaNn on Twitter, Curiosity's Navcam photographed a rather interesting-looking rock formation just in front of the rover. The rock, which appears to have been formed through some erosion process, will likely fascinate geologists for some time. But at first glance the rock also appears to take the shape of Australia."

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This is Fantastic! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46697185)

If there are Australians on Mars, then there may even be life!

Re:This is Fantastic! (3, Funny)

Jeff Flanagan (2981883) | about 7 months ago | (#46697437)

Most likely that life will be giant spiders.

Re:This is Fantastic! (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | about 7 months ago | (#46698267)

So the Land Down Under, is seen on the Land Out Yonder?

Re:This is Fantastic! (2)

PA23 (1708056) | about 7 months ago | (#46698489)

I love humans...always seeing patterns in things that aren't there

Re:This is Fantastic! (1)

Mr0bvious (968303) | about 6 months ago | (#46700601)

Especially when this looks nothing like the shape of Australia.

Re:This is Fantastic! (2)

Razgorov Prikazka (1699498) | about 7 months ago | (#46697615)

Australians?
You probably mean Austrians. The people in Austria are either called Mr./Mrs Aboriginal or Mr./Mrs Convict. The guy's next door from Switzerland are called Australians.
Dont blame me for getting my topography wrong, it is about as accurate as that stone looks like Australia!

Re:This is Fantastic! (1)

msauve (701917) | about 7 months ago | (#46697715)

That stone looks more like a horseshoe crab than Australia.

Re:This is Fantastic! (2)

DemoLiter3 (704469) | about 7 months ago | (#46697839)

Looks more like Antarctica to me...

Re:This is Fantastic! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699457)

You're absolutely right. Someone didn't remember their geography right.

Re:This is Fantastic! (1)

SQLGuru (980662) | about 7 months ago | (#46698275)

Looks more like the Y U No guy (facing left, with his mouth open).

Re:This is Fantastic! (2)

cffrost (885375) | about 6 months ago | (#46699879)

The guy's next door from Switzerland are called Australians.

Shouldn't the guy's next door from Switzerland be called "the door from Switzerland that will replace the guy's current door?"

Re:This is Fantastic! (1)

Wild Wizard (309461) | about 6 months ago | (#46702627)

it is about as accurate as that stone looks like Australia!

So true, as an Australian I can not see the resemblance at all. Perhaps the comment was made by one of these people who failed geography in school and don't even know what the basic shape is.

Aha! (4, Funny)

DRMShill (1157993) | about 7 months ago | (#46697203)

Proof that Australia exists! Your move atheists.

Re:Aha! (4, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 7 months ago | (#46697399)

Atheist response: Now that an Australia-shaped rock has been found on Mars, it becomes clear that Australian Christians should stop worshiping the yet-unproven Christian God and start worshiping the Martian rock that 1) could have created Australia in its own image, 2) and - unlike the Christian God - provably exists.

Re:Aha! (1)

Kjella (173770) | about 6 months ago | (#46700269)

2) and - unlike the Christian God - provably exists.

You mean like those dinosaur bones? All part of God's ruse to see if we'll pick fictio^H^H^H^H^Haith over fact.

Re:Aha! (1)

Ol Olsoc (1175323) | about 6 months ago | (#46700889)

2) and - unlike the Christian God - provably exists.

You mean like those dinosaur bones? All part of God's ruse to see if we'll pick fictio^H^H^H^H^Haith over fact.

Those are called Jesus Puppies you insensitive clod

Re:Aha! (1)

Oligonicella (659917) | about 6 months ago | (#46700529)

Actual atheist response: It's a fucking rock and doesn't prove any damned thing about Australia.

Re:Aha! (1)

RockDoctor (15477) | about 6 months ago | (#46733441)

Actual atheist AND geologist response : it's still a fucking rock, and trying to make my head believe that it looks like Australia hurts my head.

It has a bit of "desert varnish" on the surface, by the looks of things.

Re:Aha! (1)

Solandri (704621) | about 6 months ago | (#46702987)

it becomes clear that Australian Christians

Don't be silly. As everyone knows, Australia is entirely peopled with criminals.

Re:Aha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46707097)

...and like EVERY SINGLE DISCUSSION on /. it has within three responses turned into a religious debate. Why is every single subject under the sun only some sort of segeway into debating religion/atheism. Can't you people ever discuss the topic? Albeit, this is one of the dumber articles I've seen on here, or in the news at large for that matter.

This neither proves nor disproves the existence of (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | about 7 months ago | (#46697827)

Watch your epistemology, now. It only proves that Australia can be conceived of. Still, a major discovery, since many of us weren't even convinced of that.

Re:Aha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46697877)

Atheist response: Anybody who disagrees with me is an idiot! Did I mention that I'm a fat virgin who lives in a basement?

Re:Aha! (1)

DRMShill (1157993) | about 7 months ago | (#46698021)

Christian Australianist response: Your virginity only goes to demonstrate the love God and Australia have for us.

I'm trying (4, Funny)

OzPeter (195038) | about 7 months ago | (#46697265)

But no matter how I squint my eyes I can't see Australia in that rock.

Re:I'm trying (1)

frovingslosh (582462) | about 7 months ago | (#46697783)

How can you NOT see Australia in it? After all, Australia is the continent that looks like a rock.

Re:I'm trying (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | about 7 months ago | (#46698301)

Ok, when will someone see Jesus, and or Mary on some random arrangement of rocks on Mars?

Re:I'm trying (3, Informative)

mikael (484) | about 6 months ago | (#46699105)

They're doing it all the time at "abovetopsecret.com"

Light source seen on Mars: http://www.abovetopsecret.com/... [abovetopsecret.com]

Ammonite fossil seen on Mars: http://www.abovetopsecret.com/... [abovetopsecret.com]

Mystery rock found on Mars: http://www.abovetopsecret.com/... [abovetopsecret.com]

Stone Hut seen on Mars: http://www.abovetopsecret.com/... [abovetopsecret.com]

Re:I'm trying (1)

rtb61 (674572) | about 6 months ago | (#46702877)

I don't see Australia is the rock because I choose not to offend Taswegians, not unless you want one of these haunting your night https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com] .

Re:I'm trying (2)

dkman (863999) | about 7 months ago | (#46698517)

You're doing it wrong. You squint your eyes when looking for Asia. Stand on your head to see the land down under.

Oh take it easy. I'm not being serious so stop acting offended.

For comparison see google maps [google.com] . There are definite similarities, but it's not an exact match. If you rotate Australia 90 degrees to the left the juts on the left look right, but the the curve of the right side is wrong.

So honestly, you are right that it doesn't "look like" Australia, but the summary only says that at a glace it looks reminiscent of the shape.

Re:I'm trying (1)

sjwt (161428) | about 6 months ago | (#46700591)

It barely managers a comparison, its got two peeks at one end.. and one of those peaks splits into two more..

Re:I'm trying (1)

PPH (736903) | about 7 months ago | (#46698599)

Oh come on now! It's just to the East of the rock that looks like Africa.

Re:I'm trying (1)

jfengel (409917) | about 7 months ago | (#46698831)

It's not squinting, it's the mental rotation. You're viewing it from a point to the south-east. The bottom edge of the rock in the photo is roughly the east coast. The notch in the lower left is roughly the Great Bight.

The distinctive northern tip of Queensland is entirely absent, and in fact the whole "north coast" of the rock is Just Plain Wrong. You really have to be kinda desperate to want to see it. But for that matter, you kinda have to be desperate to consider this news.

Re:I'm trying (1)

GumphMaster (772693) | about 6 months ago | (#46700205)

Or perhaps you are looking from a point to the northeast of a mirror reversed far north Queensland coast. The large notch is the Gulf of Carpentaria with Cape York Peninsula to the right, Arnhem Land/Northern Territory to its left, and the Kimberley coast trailing off around the back. As usual, Tasmania has just been dropped. It is as much Australia as the face on Mars is facial.

Re:I'm trying (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46698839)

Looks more like Antarctica than Australia, minus the Antarctic Peninsula (i.e. not that similar either).

Re:I'm trying (1)

prowler1 (458133) | about 6 months ago | (#46699895)

Pretty much what I thought. No matter how much I turn my head and squint, I can not get that rock to look anything like the shape of Australia.

Re:I'm trying (1)

Cito (1725214) | about 6 months ago | (#46700841)

But without squinting I can sure see that rock in Australia!

Re:I'm trying (1)

ignavus (213578) | about 6 months ago | (#46701931)

But no matter how I squint my eyes I can't see Australia in that rock.

Perhaps you need to take a closer look.

In related news ... (3, Informative)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about 7 months ago | (#46697309)

... All Indian restaurants are serving nans shaped like Sri Lanka.

Come on, people. Do something useful, like looking for that damned missing air liner. Looking at clouds and seeing various animals used to be a childhood past time of mine. But giving press time like this is ridiculous.

Re:In related news ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46697419)

Now I want to eat nans.

Re:In related news ... (1)

kamapuaa (555446) | about 7 months ago | (#46697681)

You stay away from my nanna

Re:In related news ... (1)

JustOK (667959) | about 6 months ago | (#46700401)

Bamnanna! Bamnanna! Bamnanna!

Re:In related news ... (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about 7 months ago | (#46697667)

Is google that fast? After posting this, I got curious about why the nans are shaped like Sri Lanka. So I googled it. The first hit was the parent post, time stamped nine minutes ago. Is google that fast?

https://www.google.com/search?... [google.com]

Re:In related news ... (1)

Hydrated Wombat (1314267) | about 7 months ago | (#46697795)

Yes. Next test of google's speed: "flurtle wurtle jurtle turtle." Maybe we could get everyone to learn arbitrary subjects by spreading rumors about a code hidden in Euclid's elements that successfully predicts all major aspects of traditional geometry. Incidentally, it is normally spelled "naan"

Re:In related news ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46698857)

No results found for flurtle wurtle jurtle turtle

Re:In related news ... (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about 6 months ago | (#46699391)

When I looked at it, it had that post. Time stamp was 3 hours ago.

https://www.google.com/search?... [google.com]

Re:In related news ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46700111)

When I looked at it, it had that post. Time stamp was 3 hours ago.

DuckDuckGo shows it too [duckduckgo.com] . What's better about Google — their privacy policy? PRISM participation? Timestamps?

Re:In related news ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46702337)

When I looked they tried to sell me turtle turtle 70% off.

Re:In related news ... (1)

Maritz (1829006) | about 7 months ago | (#46698229)

You want the science team who manage the curiosity rover to go and look for MH370?

Re:In related news ... (1)

OhSoLaMeow (2536022) | about 6 months ago | (#46699261)

A farmer in Idaho has found another potato shaped like Gerald Ford's head.

The shape of Australia? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46697311)

at first glance the rock also appears to take the shape of Australia

Oh, come on. At first glance 'every' rock appears to take the shape of Australia.

Call me when they find a rock that appears to take the shape of the virgin Mary.

The new Space Race is ON! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46697347)

The Australians have landed on Mars! We need to step up our space exploration unless we want to be eclipsed by this foreign power diametrically opposed to everything we stand for! (that is they're on the other side of the planet to where we're actually standing!)

Well, let's keep looking... (1)

jeffb (2.718) (1189693) | about 7 months ago | (#46697355)

Let's see if we can spot the maps of Kzin, Down, Jinx...

Re:Well, let's keep looking... (1)

Jeff Flanagan (2981883) | about 7 months ago | (#46697459)

That's the 1st thing I thought of, and it's been decades since I read Ringworld.

Re:Well, let's keep looking... (1)

sjwt (161428) | about 6 months ago | (#46701179)

OB Niven, FTW!

OMG! (5, Informative)

in10se (472253) | about 7 months ago | (#46697445)

Dear Slashdot,

Please consider your audience. This might be the top "science" story on Hollywood Insider, but on Slashdot it's just insulting.

Re:OMG! (2)

geekmux (1040042) | about 7 months ago | (#46697699)

Dear Slashdot,

Please consider your audience. This might be the top "science" story on Hollywood Insider, but on Slashdot it's just insulting.

Yes, let's get back to the more important things, like interviews with gun-toting, drug-running pimps bribing their way around the world who swear they don't deal with the sex trade, yet know everything about it...

(clearly he knew his audience)

This (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46698159)

I am at a loss as to what to say about this "story".

Best I can do is an "Idiocracy" mention...

Re:OMG! (1)

RivenAleem (1590553) | about 6 months ago | (#46702645)

Perhaps the first 1/2 million people to sign up to /. were 'scientists' but ever since then the quality of users has gone too mainstream.

Slow news day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46697507)

Wake me up when they find one that looks like Jesus.

Re:Slow news day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46698395)

It looks a little like a backwards Apple logo wearing a crown. For some people around here, that passes pretty well for Jesus.

o rly? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46697621)

Has it found any shaped Jesus yet?

What about North Queensland? (2)

heretic108 (454817) | about 7 months ago | (#46697639)

I can only guess that this is Australia after North Queensland has seceded off into its own banana republic

resistance is futile (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46697719)

rock on /. http://megashare.info/watch-the-day-the-earth-stood-still-online-TWpRNA

Earth meteorites on Mars? (1)

RevWaldo (1186281) | about 7 months ago | (#46697721)

Redonkulus as this story is, it did get me to wondering:

We've found a fair share of Mars meteorites on Earth. How likely is it that it works the other way around?

.

Re:Earth meteorites on Mars? (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 7 months ago | (#46698427)

Speaking as a layman, I'd say less likely? Mars is closer to the Asteroid belt and Jupiter's orbit where space rocks might be wobbled into Mars' path. Second, Earth has more gravity and and atmosphere making it harder for objects to escape. Third, the Sun is on the "opposite" side so the most influencial object in the solar system is going to tug rocks flung from Earth in the wrong direction.

Re:Earth meteorites on Mars? (1)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | about 7 months ago | (#46698471)

I think Mars's tendency to throw off meteorites has a lot to do with it's very thin atmosphere and significantly lower gravity (compared to earth).

sheesh (3, Interesting)

spirit_fingers (777604) | about 7 months ago | (#46697907)

And next week the big news will be they found a rock in the shape of Justin Bieber's ass. Can we please not devote precious pixels to such inanities? It's not like browser pages grow on trees.

No it doesn't (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46697923)

Why are we even having this conversation ? Do the right thing, delete this article. now.

Put it on Ebay (2)

avandesande (143899) | about 7 months ago | (#46698009)

This would be highlight of my Australian shaped rock collection

However... (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 7 months ago | (#46698037)

The rock above it looks like TOS Romulan War Bird. The little one below it look like a bird wing.

WOW first a donut haped rock! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46698057)

now a rock that's shaped like a.. rock. oh boy! I bet it finds one that roughly resembles something else soon and I bet we'll read about it here

inb4... (1)

Guest316 (3014867) | about 7 months ago | (#46698173)

In before formation shaped vaguely like Jebus discovered.

Bonus points for the first Slashdotter... (3, Funny)

istartedi (132515) | about 7 months ago | (#46698297)

Bonus points for the first Slashdotter who finds a Mars-shaped rock in Australia. Picture or it didn't happen.

Poor old Tasmania (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46698333)

Poor old Tasmania, left off the map AGAIN!

Can't be (1)

Megane (129182) | about 7 months ago | (#46698581)

It can't be Australia. It's got no Vegemite on it.

In other news, Tasmania is now confirmed to not exist.

Excuse me, but that's Jersey (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 7 months ago | (#46698659)

Bloody Australians, stealing all our rocks. This is clearly a rock the shape of Jersey [wikipedia.org] . And it's a lot closer in size.

No, wait, it's actually just a bloody rock. If you can't think of anything more interesting to report on a Mars rock than "it's vaguely Australia-shaped," you don't have a story.

Ha Pareidolia (2)

aepervius (535155) | about 7 months ago | (#46698675)

Without you, how would we ever see jesus in a taco ? Or other places *cough* Like there [kinja-img.com] *cough*

We have two continents shaped like Australia (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46698707)

The other one is called "Africa".

Take the western lobe of Africa, fold it inward to the eastern edge, then fold the north edge of the continent to the south edge. Australia is the same but rotated west 90 degrees. The North bits of Australia resemble the western coast of the Red Sea.

It's kind of a gently bent, gently squashed shape that has a rough NS to EW golden ratio sort of thing going on.

Re:We have two continents shaped like Australia (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46698757)

I typed this before I looked at the article. This rock definitely doesn't look like Africa at all, and really only like the North coast of Australia. I feel clickbated.

Offs (2)

pbjones (315127) | about 7 months ago | (#46698809)

It's a rock! It takes a pretty stoned mind to call it Australia. And Tasmania misses out again!

Symmetry... (2, Interesting)

Tablizer (95088) | about 7 months ago | (#46698921)

Well, I found a Mars-shaped rock in Australia. [janatitus.com]

Re:Symmetry... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699241)

Now, I'm no expert, but I'm rather certain New Zealand (from which this rock was apparently found) is not one of the states or territories of Australia.

Re:Symmetry... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46700007)

But we do love claiming their things as our own. We are all the way down to rocks now.

Re:Symmetry... (1)

bloodhawk (813939) | about 6 months ago | (#46702045)

except for Russel Crowe, we are actually rather happy to return him to NZ and America is also welcome to keep Mel Gibson permanently too.

Re:Symmetry... (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 6 months ago | (#46700615)

shhhhh, you are hurting my mod points, dude. IxNay the actsFay.

WOW!!!! (1)

stonebit (2776195) | about 7 months ago | (#46698923)

What's next, a rock that looks like Jesus on the cross? How is this news?

This likely... (1)

jpellino (202698) | about 6 months ago | (#46699337)

...explains more about Australia than it does about Mars.

It's missing the Gulf of Carpentaria (2)

mark-t (151149) | about 6 months ago | (#46699435)

If it had that feature, the resemblance would be much more striking.

Re:It's missing the Gulf of Carpentaria (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46700025)

Presumably the rock was carved during an ice age [wikipedia.org] .

Please come back when ... (1)

houghi (78078) | about 6 months ago | (#46699671)

Please come back when you see a roch with the dimensions 1x4x9. Untill then don't show us this kind of drivel.

Australia (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46699851)

In Australia there are Mars-shaped rocks.

Australia? (2)

Trogre (513942) | about 6 months ago | (#46700953)

At a stretch, perhaps there's a passing resemblance. Personally, I think it bears more resemblance to the Millennium Falcon.

Global warming ocean rise won't be kind (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 6 months ago | (#46701005)

Oh yeah? My genitals are shaped like Florida.

Re:Global warming ocean rise won't be kind (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 6 months ago | (#46702619)

You need to see a doctor, miss.

Not spelled like the region in WA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46701063)

If the area is named after the region in Western Australia they should spell it the same way, 'Kimberley' (I'm in Kununurra at the moment!).

any circle with a bite out of one side always look (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46701439)

... except, of course, to most Australians, and anyone who has looked for more than a few seconds at a map of the world.

Not really (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46702761)

To me it looks more like Latvia with a big chunk of Lithuania slapped on the bottom of it.

Only to those who are geographically challenged (1)

turkeyfish (950384) | about 6 months ago | (#46703863)

One might pretend that the chunk missing from the rock on one side looks like the Gulf of Carpentaria, but there is no corresponding Great Australian Bight on the other side.

This article only provides evidence of possibly three things: 1) to many in the media and general public are geographically challenged or 2) the Mars Rover Mission is desperate to find a handle on maintaining public interest and relevance or 3) Slahdot has once again found yet another way for slashdoters to waste their time by entertaining themselves with nonsense and to make itself even less relevant as a site informative with regard to technology and science. A more informative piece would have involved a discussion with some experts on Martian geology suggesting what the shape of Martian rocks tells us about the red planet that we don't already know.

Only Australia? (1)

jgoemat (565882) | about 6 months ago | (#46709395)

When are they launching the mission to check the other side of mars for a rock shaped like 'merica?
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