NASA's Mars rover Curiosity beamed back this mysterious photo earlier this week, that got scientists and space enthusiasts buzzing with delight. It seems that they've got themselves a mystery.
Scott Gold of The Los Angeles Times wrote:
Seconds after the NASA robot's landing Sunday night, Curiosity managed to squeeze off a handful of fuzzy, black-and-white photographs. One, taken with a device on its rear known as a Hazcam, captured the pebble-strewn ground beneath the rover and one of its wheels — and a blotch, faint but distinctive, on the horizon.
The images were relayed by a passing satellite. Two hours later, the satellite passed overhead again. This time, Curiosity sent home a new batch of higher-resolution photos. They showed the same horizon.
The blotch was gone.
What could it be? NASA scientists are suggesting that the mysterious plume could be a serendipitous photo of the crash-landed sky crane.But we know better. Thanks to CSI-style "Enhance" algorithm we have here at NeatoPlex, we've solved the mystery:
Calcifer, something has landed near us, move the castle sixty miles west.