Staff Writer, DL MullanCuriosity / NASA
There have been some freaky images coming from NASA's Rover, Curiosity, over the last few months. First it was an overturned rock, now it's a shiny but distant optical illusion.
Mars has become more than a planet of mystery; it's become the next reality show.
Everyone seems intrigued with the images. Some want alien life to exist. Some want Ghost Hunters to investigate. Some are curious as to why the rover is hitting so many jackpots.
I voted for number two.
NASA had this statement about the shiny object:
A few pictures -- taken April 2 and 3 -- show the bright spots. These were taken with the rover's "right-eye camera," yet others that were shot within a second from the "left-eye" camera don't show the same, explains Guy Webster, a spokesman with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Hence, it's unlikely any being -- from whatever world -- caused them.
Each time, "the sun was in the same direction as the bright spot -- west-northwest from the rover -- and relatively low in the sky," said Webster. That could lead one to believe that sun was reflecting off the rock the same way each time.
Well, a reality show on Mars would be fascinating to see.