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Machinery found at Spirit landing site!
January 14, 2004 10:05 AM   Subscribe

Machinery found at Spirit landing site!
posted by Irontom (37 comments total)

 
By some total space conspiracy nut.
posted by Irontom at 10:05 AM on January 14, 2004


Every single thing looks most definitely like a rock. Perhaps his tinfoil hat is obscuring his vision?

Good find though, I was waiting to hear some "Mars landings were Fake!" crackpots surface, since the surface of mars looks so much like the Arizona desert.
posted by mathowie at 10:07 AM on January 14, 2004


That conference on God, Man and ET really cinched the credibility issue, dunnit?
posted by DenOfSizer at 10:11 AM on January 14, 2004


Blackmore's First Law - People's desire to believe in the paranormal is stronger than all the evidence that it does not exist.

Via Kottke
posted by starvingartist at 10:16 AM on January 14, 2004


Rock Machines.
posted by sklero at 10:19 AM on January 14, 2004


This clearly proves that alien astronauts visited Earth sometime in the distant past; I've seen machines like those scattered over *miles* of the American West. There's no way human beings made so many of them, so they must have been dropped there by aliens.
posted by Mars Saxman at 10:23 AM on January 14, 2004


So the martians just abandoned junk in the desert? They're so much like us that it's scary!
posted by Mayor Curley at 10:25 AM on January 14, 2004


Rocks aren't machinery. Someone needs to take their meds and rejoin reality.

What's next? They're gonna find a statue of Britney Spears on Venus?
posted by fenriq at 10:26 AM on January 14, 2004


The Masons don't want you reading this thread.
posted by McBain at 10:27 AM on January 14, 2004


Wow, those pictures don't look like close-ups of rocks at all. I'm sure that NASA took all the pictures in the desert of Arizona and forgot that there were a lot of machines just abandoned in the desert.
posted by sebas at 10:31 AM on January 14, 2004


There is no thread, you are hallucinating, switch off your computer.
posted by sgt.serenity at 10:31 AM on January 14, 2004


Feh.
posted by FormlessOne at 10:33 AM on January 14, 2004


Machinery? Bullshit. Those are fossilized chunks of Jimmy Hoffa.
posted by troutfishing at 10:39 AM on January 14, 2004


None of these machines look like vibrators... No wonder they're abandoned in the desert.
posted by onhazier at 10:43 AM on January 14, 2004


Rocks, and kind of plain, uninteresting ones at that.
posted by canucklehead at 10:47 AM on January 14, 2004


I happen to have a device that will render this sort of machinery harmless. I accept all major credit cards.
posted by snarfodox at 10:48 AM on January 14, 2004


<sarcasm>
Two words: "Martian Coprolite".

The Truth is out there...
</sarcasm>
posted by crankydoodle at 10:59 AM on January 14, 2004


Capricorn One
posted by birdsong at 11:00 AM on January 14, 2004


Bah! They're leftovers from Burning Man.
posted by bwg at 11:02 AM on January 14, 2004


Funny, I always thought EnterpriseMission was a Zapatopi-like deal. You mean they're serious?
posted by brownpau at 11:05 AM on January 14, 2004


Jesus christ. First Hoagland continues to believe in the Face on Mars in spite of updated high-resolution photos showing it to be an ordinary hill. Now this.

Why can't he just be excited that we managed to send a machine all the way to Mars? We're going to get some really bitchin' rock-examination photos soon. Isn't that cool enough?
posted by interrobang at 11:06 AM on January 14, 2004


None of these machines look like vibrators... No wonder their society collapsed!
posted by Ogre Lawless at 11:28 AM on January 14, 2004


OH MY GOD, THOSE ROCKS ARE MACHINES!!! Arrrgggggggggghhh...snakes!
snakes! get them off me, they're UNDER MY SKIN...
posted by jdaura at 11:42 AM on January 14, 2004


You fools! The Martians obviously do a lot of business with these guys.
posted by MrMoonPie at 11:58 AM on January 14, 2004


I'm very surprised the guy didn't play up the section that was cropped out lower left corner. The farkers might be on to something.
posted by birdherder at 12:08 PM on January 14, 2004


See his logo, is this his? Ask as it depicts the Star Ship Enterprise in flight. Which is similar to his statement, fictitious. Can't beleive someone would spend money seeing him talk after seeing this latest specualaton. Wait, take it back forgot about his logo, freak.
posted by thomcatspike at 12:41 PM on January 14, 2004


Dude, it's a rock. Get over it.
posted by shecky57 at 12:54 PM on January 14, 2004


Sad, really sad how those budget cuts have demoralized NASA. Back during the moon-landing days, they made really believable sets--they clearly took pride in their work. Nowadays, they can't be troubled to finish removing bits of machinery from their Mars sets.

"Good enough for government work" indeed.
posted by adamrice at 2:23 PM on January 14, 2004


Yeah, they look like rocks to me. Usually in these cases I can see how somebody might, if they wanted to, get a face, or canals, or pyramids out of a Martian image, but they just look like rocks to me.
posted by synecdoche at 2:41 PM on January 14, 2004


One of those rocks is just bound to have the door key under it.
posted by inpHilltr8r at 3:41 PM on January 14, 2004


oooh, their rocks look different than our rocks.... look out. wait a minute - there is no *their* there. nevermind... argh!
posted by djspicerack at 5:54 PM on January 14, 2004


Why can't he [Hoagland] just be excited that we managed to send a machine all the way to Mars?

Because then he wouldn't be making money off it.
posted by five fresh fish at 8:06 PM on January 14, 2004


They couldn't be bits of Beagle 2 then?
posted by biffa at 2:43 AM on January 15, 2004


Bog-standard ventifacts, the same as you find in terrestrial wind-blown deserts.
posted by raygirvan at 5:35 AM on January 15, 2004


IT'S A COOKBOOK!!
posted by darren at 11:30 AM on January 15, 2004


I think it's time to call in the ISeeJesus guy - only then will we know what we're really looking at.
posted by michaelbrown at 12:24 PM on January 15, 2004


Turns out it's man.
posted by inpHilltr8r at 3:32 PM on January 15, 2004


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