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Martian Rocks Land In Morocco 95

Hugh Pickens writes "Scientists have confirmed chemically a recent and rare invasion from Mars with 15 pounds of fresh Martian rocks falling in Morocco last July. A special committee of meteorite experts, which includes some NASA scientists, confirmed the test results Tuesday certifying that the meteorites recently collected came from Mars. The biggest rock weighs more than 2 pounds. Astronomers think that millions of years ago something big smashed into Mars that sent fragments hurtling through the solar system. Occasionally, some fall on Earth."
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Martian Rocks Land In Morocco

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  • No tripods? (Score:4, Funny)

    by roc97007 ( 608802 ) on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @07:24PM (#38731670) Journal

    Ok, someone had to say it.

  • by sehlat ( 180760 ) on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @07:25PM (#38731684)

    "Like Webster's Dictionary They're Morocco Bound..."

  • It seems, (Score:5, Funny)

    by popeye44 ( 929152 ) on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @07:51PM (#38732052)

    They put one heck of a throwing arm on those Rovers.


    (Ok, rest of you reply with some good stuff - I've got nothing)

    • Its a bit in a very slow martian communications technology. Slow is of course relative, it is lightning fast to the stone-martians.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @07:58PM (#38732132)

    K'Breel Jr. addresses the Council:

    "Council Members, Friends, Countrymen, Dad: A few Solar orbits ago, we set about on a secret project on the feasibility of attacking the Blue World, using a plan ("Robert Heinlein - The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress") devised by the Blue Worlders themselves. Today I am happy to report that our plan is a smashing success; we have dropped a few test rocks on a place called Morocco. The next phase of our plan involves more rocks, and much heavier rocks, aimed at all of the Blue World's space launching facilities! Glory to Mars! Glory to the Council! Glory to K'Breel!"

  • Obligatory (Score:3, Funny)

    by Tablizer ( 95088 ) on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @09:06PM (#38732952) Journal

    In Soviet Russia, Mars lands on you.

  • ...I can't wait to put them in some wine [].
  • I'll bet if we took blood samples we could confirm chemically that somebody's been smoking the ganj. Exactly how in the hell do they know that these rocks that fell from the sky were specifically from Mars? Why not the moon? Venus? Saturn? Shoe-Levy? Oh so sick of these people with their pronouncement of speculation as science fact. I think I should start smoking the ganj.
    • by AlecC ( 512609 )

      They came from somewhere with an atmosphere chemically very similar to Mars. You can tell rocks that have been in an atmosphere from those that have only been in vacuum, and roughly what sort of atmosphere. There is only one place in the solar system with an atmosphere like that. The only alternative is the much wilder one that they crossed interstellar space from a Mars-like planet elsewhere.

      • Plus, IIRC, scientists have worked out a gravitational mechanism by which the rocks could have actually made the journey from Mars to Earth. The odds of them coming from elsewhere are very low given transit constraints.

  • must have been really bummed out they did not find them...

  • Now, the stuff we want to look at, will eventually just come to us.
  • The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one. ....But still they come....

  • The entrance wound is Hellas Basin and the exit wound is in the neighborhood of Olympus Mons/Tharsis neighborhood.

    Deimos is prolly some mars guts, and the projectile is still inside.

    Let's see that in CSI graphics!

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