Rocks photographed by the Mars rover

Rocks photographed by the Mars rover |  How did these rocks on the surface of Mars (nicknamed,  "blueberries" by scientists); become so spherical? | image tagged in spherules of mars,mars rocks,strange,mystery | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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6 ups, 1m,
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One should never assume the same situation on another planet or astral body to be the same as it is on Earth. (Which is a very famous mistake moon-landing-hoax believers make in several of their theories). So I don't know what material those rocks are made of. Some materials easier get into sphere form than others. Now I read the comments of others speaking of loads of winds, and and in combination with how Mars sand is composed could indeed have done a lot. Like how a carpenter uses sandpaper to get things round and smooth, well, and then in a big storm version of that. Them having come down from space being shaped by burning in the atmosphere is also a plausible theory. It is very likely a combination of multiple factors.
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2 ups, 1m
oh thats deep...
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1 up, 1m,
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Mars dust is (mostly) made of oxidized iron, which is how it gets its color. But maybe the cooled lava is how these rocks formed? Its quiet interesting to think about.
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2 ups, 1m,
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Interesting indeed
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2 ups, 1m,
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yea. But we need to find out what those rocks are made of.
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2 ups, 1m,
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Would be a good start, eh?
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1 up, 1m,
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mhm. Didn't nasa launch a new rover who would be doing just that? Its probably gonna reach by January 2021, if there isn't december 32nd 😉
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2 ups, 1m,
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We do not know, of course, if the landing will succeed, that is always a very critical issue in space missions. But if we think with optimism some answers may come then ;)
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2 ups, 1m,
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most of the landings were sucessful, so hopefully this one too. But if this goes smoothly, the data we get will be a game changer!
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2 ups, 1m,
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We can only guess... I don't have a crystal ball... It does look like the data will be valuable though.
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2 ups, 1m,
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my fingers are crossed.
1 up, 1m
So are mine
0 ups, 1m
yeeeee
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1 up, 1m
Interesting theory. Thanks!
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6 ups, 1m,
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Mars has a lot of wind storms, which could maybe make the rocks smoother. And rounder.
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4 ups, 1m,
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A good theory!
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4 ups, 1m
thnx!
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2 ups, 1m,
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Agreed. Everyone thinks that water is the only way to erode.......wind causes erosion just as equally as water
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1 up, 1m
I heard that there is a n.p somewhere in the South where the wind carved the rocks and created these "waves" on the surface. But water breaks down rocks by making the gaps bigger and the wind just turns it into sand-like.
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2 ups, 1m,
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I'm not a scientist, and I'm not trying to pick a fight. Doesn't Mars also have a drastically thinner atmosphere? How strong can the wind blow if there is no air to blow? On then other hand, maybe they are really old, and the wind has had time to shape them. Or, maybe they got that way when Mars was wet.
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1 up, 1m,
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Just because there is thinner atmosphere doesn't mean there are winds. And i am not trying to fight either, so thats good. You can read about the dust storms and dust devils on mars, because they happen every martian day. (which is a challenge all the martian rovers face) And yea, if there was water on mars, it could have been formed by that too.
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I was just wondering if the reduced atmosphere would reduce the erosive capability of the wind. About halfway through I realized that over the course of 100s of millions of years, it really wouldn't matter.
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1 up, 4w
exactly. Plus alot of space rock hit mars, so maybe that also creates some winds too.
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1 up, 1m,
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Even if the wind only gets up to 100 mph it can still smooth out rocks like that over a loooong period of time. Keep in mind the there is very little to create resistance against the wind, like trees and shit like that.
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1 up, 1m,
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What if it's not the rocks that are round, but the universe around them. "There is no spoon."
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1 up, 1m,
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The view of the universe we get is round, but that’s because we can only see up to a distance of 49.7 billion light years away. But tbh, wtf did you even say?
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1 up, 1m,
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It is a Matrix reference.
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1 up, 1m,
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Omfg I just realized that nooooo
That’s a good one thooo lmaooooo
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0 ups, 4w
:)
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3 ups, 1m,
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They ate until they got round
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0 ups, 1m
lol
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2 ups, 1m,
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It could be that the spheres likely formed through a process called concretion, where minerals precipitate within the sedimentary rock, often into oval or spherical shapes. Too Geeky?
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1 up, 1m,
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Nope, sounds very reasonable!
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1 up, 1m
oh, thanks then
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2 ups, 1m,
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Some animals eat rocks in order to use as a digestive aid. These would smooth the rocks into round stones. While this is a very implausible theory it's difficult to rule out. There could have been a space faring civilization on Mars. These 'aliens' scoured the planet of all organic artifacts. That would hide there presence from us.

Nor would the process of scouring be difficult for a society presumably in the post-singularity phase. Nano-bots could easily burrow many meters from any surface features to do their scouring job. So if the livestock where a kind of intelligent beast* themselves who knows what might happen to their digestive stones. The scourers would not touch them. And they might have been randomly discouraged to prepare for exodus space travel.

The question of why they left would suggest they are benevolent. They gave this solar system to us in effect. Maybe even these microbes in the clouds of venus are a witty reminder. Wed only find them when we ourselves were technologically advanced.

*from a funny Ben Stiller movie
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1 up, 1m,
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Fascinating idea. Thanks!
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1 up, 1m
Wlcm
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2 ups, 1m,
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It is likely due to the body’s of water that were thought to exist a long time ago. On top of that mars has very strong sand storms the smooth out the rocks as if you took sand paper to it for thousands of years.
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1 up, 1m,
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I think you are into something! Thanks!
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2 ups, 1m
Yah np!
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2 ups, 1m
lol!
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1 up, 4w
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2 ups, 1m,
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Maybe the were asteroids that burnt into a round shape and were then left on the surface of Mars to be smoothed over by space dust blown by the wind
maybe
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2 ups, 1m,
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Could well be!
When I first saw these I was wondering if perhaps they were created by tumultuous whirlwinds that occurred in the planet's past?
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1 up, 1m
Perhaps
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1 up, 1m
Good question
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1 up, 1m,
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I know it's a dead format but it fits so perfectly
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1 up, 1m,
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There is always that possibility.
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1 up, 1m,
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Aliens are totally real I mean think about how big the universe is why should we believe we're alone
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0 ups, 1m
I find it an almost impossibility that our planet is the only one with life on it.
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