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UFO Streaks Through Martian sky

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the break-out-the-foil-hats dept.

Science 440

lkatz writes "The BBC is reporting that the Spirit rover has observed an object streaking across the Martian sky. They believe it was either a meteor or possibly the Viking 2 probe which still orbits Mars."

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Gypsies I tell you! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603235)

Not even more gypsies!

The HATE WINDOWS Campaign! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603262)

windows (452268) [slashdot.org] is hated by no one?!

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UPDATE! WE GOT MODDED UP!

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Waves of people have already joined our cause [slashdot.org] . Every Slashdot account counts!

Re:The HATE WINDOWS Campaign! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603307)

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Misleading title (-1, Funny)

Lane.exe (672783) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603236)

The editor probably should have put "object" rather than UFO. Do not feed the trolls, remember?

Re:Misleading title (5, Informative)

Venner (59051) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603259)

Um, UFO = Unidentified Flying Object?

Re:Misleading title (4, Interesting)

Tango42 (662363) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603268)

If they don't know what it is, then it is a UFO, by definition. Why should we avoid using the correct terminology, just because some people jump to conclusions?

Re:Misleading title (0, Redundant)

denks (717389) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603272)

UFO = Unidentified Flying Object

UFO does not just mean aliens. Any flying object that is unidentified is a UFO by definition.

Re:Misleading title (2, Insightful)

Mick Ohrberg (744441) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603399)

It's all the UFO/Area 51 hype that has made the term UFO synonymous with alien space ships. It's kind of like RAID 0 - which is not a RAID per its own definition.

Re:Misleading title (2, Insightful)

ooby (729259) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603418)

But there are alien vessels on Mars. Well, ones that are alien to Mars.

Re:Misleading title (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603289)

Lane.exe should go find out what the fuck UFO stands for. Unidentified Flying Object. Since they haven't identified the object yet I'm pretty sure that's a proper name. What should they have called it, a flying saucer???

Re:Misleading title (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603364)

Perhaps he objects to "flying" and that, unless it is proven to be staying aloft, it should be an unidentified "falling" object.

Re:Misleading title (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603321)

why? it's an object that's unidenfiable and that appears to be flying across the sky. UFO doesn't mean flying saucer.

but you're right about the trolls. and to think britains only ufo magazine shut down this week.

here goes (1, Redundant)

2names (531755) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603342)

I for one welcome our Mars-invading overlords.

Re:Misleading title (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603347)

What an incorrect pedantic retard you are! UFO is a TLA for U nidentified F lying O bject. So, in this case, the editor is correct and you, sir, need to change your journal URL to http://www.livejournal.com/users/i_am_lame.

Re:Misleading title (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603384)

URL, of cource, being a TLA for U niversal R etard L ocator...

where is my UFOOPL? (1)

happyfrogcow (708359) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603360)

come on, News for Nerds here. we know what a UFO is.

Was it unidentified? yes. Give me a "U"!
Was it flying? ok, maybe falling, but still.. Give me an "F"!
Was it an object? yes. Give me an "O"!

what's that spell? UFO!

UFOOPL: Unidentified Flying Object Oriented Programming Language?

Re:Misleading title (1)

catbutt (469582) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603395)

Slashdot has always had purposefully sensationalist titles. It's funny, laugh.

Or perhaps... (4, Funny)

ArmenTanzarian (210418) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603244)

It's the Earthlings and they've come to give the Martians anal probes! (or whatever organ is worth probing on a martian)

Re:Or perhaps... (4, Funny)

aliens (90441) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603403)

Keep your damn probes to yourselves! We all know it's those nasty Venusians who enjoy probing everything they can find.

It got so bad we turned mars into a desert because we realized they prefer wet worlds. (Probably something to do with the lubing of the probes or something equally disgusting)

Re:Or perhaps... (1, Offtopic)

Trikenstein (571493) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603422)

or whatever organ is worth probing on a martian

organ or orifice?

Re:Or perhaps... (-1)

happyfrogcow (708359) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603423)

do you mean imply probing a human anus is worthwhile?

aliens aren't exactly giving colonoscopies, believe you me!

Re:Or perhaps... (4, Funny)

garcia (6573) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603439)

I could see if this was happening on Uranus but certainly not on Mars... As martian as that might seem.

Re:Or perhaps... (3, Interesting)

JHromadka (88188) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603488)

Or it's an overexposed pic [astrobio.net] of the Earth.

Meteor? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603247)

Could it be that meteor that is coming near to Earth today?

Blogzine.net [blogzine.net]

Re:Meteor? (5, Funny)

turgid (580780) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603435)

Could it be that meteor that is coming near to Earth today?

Absolutely. It skimmed the atmosphere of Mars and bounced off and then travelled to Earth at a substantial fraction of the speed of light, to miss Earth by a few Earth radii. Rocket Scientists call this "Vogon pin-ball." It's one of those geeky jokes.

Hmmm. (5, Funny)

Pig Hogger (10379) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603252)

This could be a flying cup from Earth!!!!

GREEN MEN!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603254)

I knew it! I knew it! i knew it!@#@!#

Or was it the Vogon Constructor Fleet? (5, Funny)

The I Shing (700142) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603255)

I'd better charge up the batteries in my Subetha signalling device and hope the Dentressi are feeling like a bit of company for the voyage back!

Re:Or was it the Vogon Constructor Fleet? (5, Insightful)

Stile 65 (722451) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603357)

Remember your towel!

Re:Or was it the Vogon Constructor Fleet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603475)

They're caled the Dentrassi. I don't know who the Dentressi are - probably their country hick cousins responsible for anal probes... You might not want to be voyaging with *those* aliens.

Now who are we going to blame the UFO's on....? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603263)

Obviously can't blame the martians for this one....

Re:Now who are we going to blame the UFO's on....? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603348)

Obviously can't blame the martians for this one....

Why not? Seeing a UFO on mars proves that that's where UFO's come from. And I find it very interesting that you start trying to cover it all up, mr anonymous spook.

DRDINK IS A STUPID FAGGOT PEDOPHILE (-1)

rusty-nail abortion (470272) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603264)

Sean Kelly [zombie.org] , known to his pedophile [nambla.org] IRC [mirc.com] friends as drdink [drdink.org] , was spending a normal Tuesday afternoon at work in the bowels of a nameless office [zombie.org] at Creighton [creighton.edu] University. He sat hunched over his small terminal, one hand clutching a warm, flat can of Coke. The other occupied its usual position: down his pants, inside moist He-Man underwear, massaging the tiny member dangling in his loins. Perhaps a bit of background is needed at this point.

Sean spent all his waking hours on IRC; he was a well known "operator" [slashnet.org] of the homosexual "chat room" #slashdot [slashnet.org] . In fact, Sean possessed great power over his IRC subjects, for not only did he operate #slashdot, he was an IRC operator as well. Sean smirked gleefully when he thought about his power over the IRC rabble, and took great pleasure in kicking them off and "K-lining" them. K-lining had become a masturbatory ritual for Sean--the banning of an innocent user coupled with subsequent jacking off gave him sexual thrills of the highest variety.

Sean had spent the past few hours in his daily ritual of scouring the internet for child pornography while desperately trying to seduce young boys on Yahoo Chat. Suddenly his computer beeped at him.

"What the fuck," he stuttered in his high-pitched, feminine voice, tinged with his genetic speech impediment.

His IRC window was blinking. He moved his kiddie porn half way down the screen and looked to see a message from a gay lover.

drwiii>> there's problems over in #kuro5hin right now

drdink> omg wtf
drwiii> some asshole "qpt" is piping messages from #crapfloodchan1, 2, 3 and #kuro5hin.org into the channel
drdink> i don't FUCKING care. can't you tell i'm trying to download kiddie porn to share with you? #kuro5hin is a bunch of metros anyway. fuck that shit.
drwiii> c'mon dinkie-poo, i got a big surprise for you if you'll deal with it... (slurp)
drdink> ok fine goddammit

Sean quickly deleted the #crapfloodchan group, and went into to #kuro5hin.org, the official Kuro5hin channel.

drdrink> ok faggits what the FUCK is going on here!?!?!?!

Michael_Jackson> nothing drdink, how are you on this fine, sunny afternoon?
drdink> god-fucking-dammit Michael_Jackson did i ask for your opinion you SHITHEAD!!!
Michael_Jackson> please accept my humble apologies drdink, i did not mean to offend you.
drdink> THAT'S IT ASSFUCKER YOU DIE NOW
* drdink set +b *!*@*.s.michealjacksonisp.com (nullo)
gangsta> dude that wasn't very nice
* drdink set +b *!*@*.s.gangstaisp.com (stfu and die)
Weenus> ror
* drdink set +b *!*@*.s.weenusisp.com (fagort)
jizmak> hey drdink we're still friends, though right?
drdink> FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU I AM A GIMPY PEDO-FAG AND I LOVE IT

And with that, Sean deleted and banned #kuro5hin.org. This excitement made Sean very aroused, and he quickly pulled his pants down to his ankles with his bony disfigured arm. His penis stood at full attention, a scant 3 inches, thin and curving violently to the right. He began to rub it with his withered, deformed hand, whispering a litany of curses against kurons and their ilk. His excitation grew and grew; as he reached his climax a pitiful droplet of semen dribbled onto his finger.

Then, Sean's boss walked in.

"Oh Sean, can you take this to the.. OH CHRIST! NOT AGAIN!!!!!" His face turned red and he immediately turned to face the wall once he saw what Sean was doing.

"GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE! YOU'RE FIRED! YOU SAID YOU WOULDN'T DO THAT AGAIN!"

Sean scrambled to pull his pants up and began walking backwards out of the office. His boss was still screaming expletives at the top of his lungs. Sean made it down the corridor and pushed the door to the outside open, in a daze. Thrust out into the sunlight, outside of his natural environment, Sean began to cry in agony. He covered his working eye with his hand. Big tears began to roll down his face... "all I ever wanted was to jack off to kiddie porn and FreeBSD," he explained through his sobbing.

A group of young boys, around 10 or 11 years old, were running through the grass outside and took notice of Sean's bawling. One of children recognized Sean, and perked up.

"Hey, that's the asshole who tried to show me his wee-wee!" He exclaimed, looking to his friends for approval to take the lead.

"Gross," a couple other kids said, "let's go throw rocks at him."

The children scampered about, finding rocks in the nearby plants. They approached Sean from the side. "Hey dickhead, look!" said the leader as he threw a baseball-sized rock as hard as possible right at Sean's face. The rock cracked Sean right on the forehead and he tumbled to the ground, screaming. The children ran off, laughing nervously. Blood ran down Sean's face as he cried, rubbing his fresh wound.

"I guess it serves me right... (sobbing)... maybe I shouldn't be such an asshole to people on IRC."

THE END.

Well... (5, Funny)

Boing (111813) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603267)

If it was Viking 2, let's hope those martian conspiracy theorists only got a blurry picture. We wouldn't want to let them know that there's extramartian intelligence just yet. First we have to set up the slave camps.

Re:Well... (4, Funny)

YanceyAI (192279) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603336)

extramartian intelligence

Wouldn't that be us?

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603385)

extramartian intelligence

Someone doesn't get the joke...

Re:Well... (4, Funny)

the_consumer (547060) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603388)

Yes, that would be us.

Re:Well... (2, Insightful)

Mick Ohrberg (744441) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603431)

Not necessarily. Just as extraterrestrial doesn't meen martian, extramartian doesn't mean terrestrian.

Re:Well... (4, Funny)

be-fan (61476) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603465)

You are presuming that there is intelligence on earth...

Re:Well... (2, Insightful)

Lispy (136512) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603497)

"extramartian intelligence"

Actually yes! But then again I'd say this would exclude you!

The Administration has declared ... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603274)

this is proof that Al-Quaeda is using Mars as a base of operations in their development of WMD, requiring a 50-fold expansion of funding for the Mars liberation effort.

Re:The Administration has declared ... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603328)

HAHAHA! So fucking witty. Go boil your head.

Re:The Administration has declared ... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603457)

Awe, the poor Dubya-lovin wepubwickan gots it's feewins hut.

Re:The Administration has declared ... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603489)

Yew tawk weel goood, mebbe yew shud run fer prezdent...

MOD PARENT REDUNDANT (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603452)

How many times do we need to hear this pathetic joke? 100,000,000+ times, apparently. EVERY story about Mars brings the "WMD and/or oil found on Mars" llamas out of the woodwork. WTF? Give it a rest.

Either a UFO or.. (5, Funny)

broothal (186066) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603275)

Or Steven Spielbergs special effects team working on his next SciFi movie [slashdot.org]

And the kooks will be yapping about it in.... (4, Funny)

sdo1 (213835) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603276)

...3... 2... 1....

I predict the wackos at Enterprise Mission [enterprisemission.com] will have some far fetched explanation for it by the end of the day.

-S

Hurry! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603277)

AHEM! I, for one, welcome our new Martian overlords! Really I do!!
I always knew they were watching, waiting, ready for the final moment...

More propaganda to justify a useless mission! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603279)

....

It could be Dick Cheney (5, Funny)

spidergoat2 (715962) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603280)

Headed for yet another undisclosed location.

Aliens! (3, Funny)

Zardus (464755) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603281)

Its those damn Earthlians trying to take over Mars! Run for your life!

Re:Aliens! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603477)

Actually...at the rate the mars rover moves I think we can walk.

Re:Aliens! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603485)

Nah , Just Spielberg fliming the remake of war of the worlds :)

Its A Bird, Its a Plane Its..... (2, Funny)

DarthTeufel (751532) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603283)

The Infinium Phantom Gaming console. Finally a prototype is seen

I was wondering where my spaceship was (1)

dcstimm (556797) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603284)

if its shaped like a giant tux penguin dont be afraid.

The JPL MRE site has pics. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603290)

Go to the JPL site and see the pic for yourself. They have an explanation of it there.

Delusional kooks. (3, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603292)


It was only the Enterprise going back to the 23rd century with a whale from Earth. Anyone screaming "UFO!" tells me that some idiots will believe anything...

Re:Delusional kooks. (4, Informative)

hopemafia (155867) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603376)

It couldn't be Enterprise, since it was a stolen Klingon Bird of Prey that they used to get the whales....and that was in the 80's.

Re:Delusional kooks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603464)

well fuck my hat, that's right! oops ;)

streaking, eh? (4, Funny)

donnyspi (701349) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603293)

"streaking across the Martian sky"

How indecent, call the FCC.

LGM (2, Interesting)

BWJones (18351) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603303)

Nah, its the little green men shooting at one another in an epic battle of water rights. You thought that water rights in the American West were a hot button topic, well on Mars.....

Seriously though, at the very least, the cool thing is that we have seen a "shooting star" from the surface of another planet for the first time. The timing of NASA and JPL on both Spirit and Opportunity so far has been impeccable. Let's hope their luck continues.

INVASION! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603304)

It's the start of the INVASION! Get your tinfoil hats ready!

hah hah! (1)

torpor (458) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603306)

its 2004, and we're seeing UFO's ... on MARS!!

cool. :P}

UFO? (2, Funny)

mcnut (712202) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603319)

[tinfoil hat] Perhaps it wasn't unidentified, and even further- Mars could be where Saddam has been hiding those weapons of mass destruction all this time. We're just witnessing it making its loop around before aiming straight for my house. [/tinfoil hat]

GRAMMAR NAZI SAYS HELLO! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603322)

"If the UFO was not a shooting a star then it could have been one of seven out-of-commission spacecraft that still orbit Mars."

Ahah!! Hah!!! OMGOMG! I win!!!

you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603506)

fail it

If UFOs on earth are from mars... (1)

ForestGrump (644805) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603327)

Then the UFO on Mars was from earth?

-Grump

In related news (5, Funny)

shaka999 (335100) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603343)

There has been an unexplainable surge in the price of Aluminum foil. Representative of the Aluminum manufactures of America are at a loss to explain the sudden demand.

Re:In related news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603400)

Actually, I think the sudden surge might be the fact that Mugatu's last fashion show featured clothes entirely made out of tin foil. Now you can be paranoid in style! (But watch out, they may be installing monitoring devices inside your new clothes...)

Re:In related news (2, Funny)

MajorDick (735308) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603471)

Aluminum is for posers.

Us who are REALLY in the know , know you can only buy the good Tin at a supply house.

Good old BBC (2, Insightful)

FrostedWheat (172733) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603344)

Hmmm.. what took them so long? That picture was out a week ago.

Re:Good old BBC (1)

goatan (673464) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603481)

Probably saving for a slow news day

You have to wonder... (1)

idgrad (137342) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603346)

I'd love to see the war of the worlds remake done from a martian perspective, since it's us invading mars this century- "lets go into the hills there jeb and get us some earthlinings! Damn interplanetary invaders!" - I can see the next scene of the movie, as Oportunity readies the deadly RAT to grind Jeb to bits....

I knew i got ripped off (0)

alexdm (728255) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603350)

This isn't in my JPL rover simulator!

What could it be? (2, Funny)

myownkidney (761203) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603351)

5. Laryonov's Space Advertising [mithuro.com]
4. John Kerry on Campaigning on Mars
3. North Koreans Test-firing missiles
2. Superman coming back from vacation
1. Martians getting ready to invade earth

Fodder for future conspiracies (2, Insightful)

kjfitz (256432) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603355)


You just KNOW this is going to go down in the books as PROOF of

The BBC is behind the times (1)

robslimo (587196) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603363)

This image is from March 11, same day as Slashdot article about the image of the earth as seen from Mars.

March 11 [nasa.gov]

This is the sign (1)

sleepnmojo (658421) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603365)

time to commit suicide so they will take me aboard

UFO? (2, Funny)

hike2 (550205) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603368)

So it's unidentified, on a distant planet ...
We have trouble identifying everything flying our own skies but now we have to worry about aliens invading our "yet to be conquered" planet.
That should bolster the arguments for building that interplanetary cannon so shoot down asteroids and other mean things coming our way. Wait, it could be a terrorist plot to take over Mars, better establish a base there, pronto.

Beagle 2 (1, Interesting)

Devil's BSD (562630) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603379)

It's obviously Beagle 2, trying to phone home.

Atmospheric phenomenon? (-1, Interesting)

Sheetrock (152993) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603381)

Mars is much more prone to sky-mirages, or phantomes miragi, because of the unique combination of an almost complete lack of humidity coupled with the ratio of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It's an event similar to what we experience with the northern lights, which is a slower version of the phenomenon that can be seen in the Northern hemisphere during the start of Spring.

It's hypothetically possible that such an event could create false imagery on the Rover, which is hardly high-res photography to begin with and then sent back to us over a noisy channel (space).

It was the members of GNAA (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603386)

I've seen that spaceship before



...and it is good.

Beagle 2? (4, Funny)

zeux (129034) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603387)

I'm surprised nobody yet did a joke about this flying object being Beagle2 that is just still bouncing on the Mars surface...

Streaking was actually due to long exposure (5, Informative)

Performer Guy (69820) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603391)

As detailed in the initial NASA article the streaking was actually the result of a 15 second exposure of the sensor. It is likely that the actual object appeared as a bright moving dot against a dark sky. The length of the streak and exposure time gives NASA an estimate of speed for various theories based on the angle covered across the sensor in that 15 seconds. The data doesn't rule out a Viking orbiter but does rule out all other orbiters.

Likely origin of the "UFO" - Earth. Cool, there's finally real evidence that the UFO sighted is actually from another planet. Unfortunately if it's true then it would really be an identified flying object, not an unidentified one.

well (2, Funny)

rabbot (740825) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603398)

did it look like a giant vacuum cleaner?

Re:well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8603436)

Ah, Spaceballs. Took me a while to get the reference (and the ship actually looks like a maid with a vacuum cleaner).

Asteriod? (2, Funny)

IO ERROR (128968) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603407)

Isn't that the asteroid that's headed towards Earth?

Marvin (5, Funny)

Legal Penguin (114844) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603408)

It was my Illudium Q-35 Explosive Space Modulator. I was wondering where it got to.

-Marvin

P.S. Where was the Kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering Kaboom.

It wasn't a UFO, it was ... (4, Funny)

SmackCrackandPot (641205) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603410)

... just another weather balloon.

Could it be!? (3, Funny)

Dutchmaan (442553) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603421)

I've had a 1989 Yugo in orbit around Mars for about 10 years now! I miss that car.

Use the Photoshop, Luke! (1)

GPLDAN (732269) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603424)

If you blow it up with Photoshop, you clearly see it's a Piper pulling a flying banner that reads "Welcome to Amity Island!"

I submit (1)

maxbang (598632) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603445)

that it's Halman.

BBC getting a little too jazzed about this? (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603455)

I would see a dozen or so shooting stars over the course of a few hours on a clear night.

Why would it be any different on mars?

You should see a lot more, even, no light pollution or pesky patches of water vapor to block them out.

Stupid BBC (0)

TyrelHaveman (159881) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603459)

Apparently the BBC is very slow about getting news out. I saw this info several days ago already.

Martian "Star Wars" (1)

Just Some Guy (3352) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603460)

It was a misfire of Mars' Strategic Defense Initiative to intercept incoming ballistics. Still, you have to admit that they've been pretty darn accurate so far.

In other news... (3, Funny)

Archalien (197877) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603487)

Future Mars rovers will come equipped with special space-age tinfoil hats.

Let me get this straight... (5, Interesting)

Grip3n (470031) | more than 10 years ago | (#8603493)

Ok, if it was an alien vehicle, but we're aliens on that planet, is it alien? Or do we just call it a vehicle because we're actually the aliens? Then are we being called the aliens by the people in the vehicle? Do we call our vehicle up there the alien vehicle?

I'm so confused!...
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