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What's up on Mars?


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Initial post: Nov 21, 2012 6:29:24 PM PST
KenOC says:
OT but hardly a first around here. Big news from Mars. They found something but won't say what it is.

http://www.npr.org/2012/11/20/165513016/big-news-from-mars-rover-scientists-mum-for-now

So what do you think it is? An Elvis fragment maybe? A lost Beethoven symphony?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 6:59:04 PM PST
Roeselare says:
An Elvis fragment maybe? A lost Beethoven symphony?

Maybe, just our ancestors. If life was only lucky enough to arise on a radiation-flooded planet like Mars, then we're very lucky it was there, and so close a hop to this planet.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 8:39:37 PM PST
John Spinks says:
It's my long lost guitar pick. Drat! I just knew someone would find it before I did.

All kidding aside. Even if they did find bacteria, mold or something of the sort on Mars, and even if it constitutes "life" big whoopy-do. Did they really think that given the size of our galaxy, notwithstanding the size of the universe, there was really no other living organism out there? Really?

Meanwhile there seems to be a concerted push to put humans on Mars. I don't really see the advantage. We as a species have not even learned how to live on the planet Earth. So now we want to export all of our vices to another planet. Great. Perhaps I'm a bit cynical here.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 8:43:56 PM PST
MF says:
Not cynical. Sensible.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 9:47:15 PM PST
Roeselare says:
The question for thinkers is, how is life on another world the same or different. If life on Mars is in our line, that would be a let down, because we wouldn't be able to learn as much.

Rocks can't go from Earth to Mars.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 9:51:13 PM PST
KenOC says:
"Rocks can't go from Earth to Mars."

I think they can. Some meteorites found here have been identified as coming from Mars. Asteroid strikes there or some such. One would think the reverse is possible. But it probably wouldn't be big news.

I'm betting on an old copy of "The Idiot's Guide to Making Humans."

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 10:15:27 PM PST
<<"The Idiot's Guide to Making Humans">>
or better yet. "how to serve man"..

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 4:40:56 AM PST
MacDoom says:
Oil!

They found OIL!

Now all we need is a pipeline!

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 4:45:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 22, 2012 4:56:55 AM PST
John Spinks says:
yopj,

Yuck yuck, that's a good one. Tip of the hat to Twilight Zone and Damon Knight's original story, "To Serve Man." Richard Kiel was the perfect choice for the Kanamit ambassador at 7' 1"+. Those original TZ episodes are a wonder.

Other possible items: a pair of Nike Air Jordans, a Frisbee...

http://www.walmart.com/ip/12437548?adid=22222222227008798910&wmlspartner=wlpa&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=20587633270&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 5:49:39 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 22, 2012 5:50:42 AM PST
Perhaps fragments of a warning, which when reconstituted and deciphered will read like:
Warning!!!!
If you go to Earth, don't drink the water. Back in the XX century, all our conquering troops sent there perished from an icky decease.
Yeah, Yucky!!!, YuckySoba!!!!

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 5:54:38 AM PST
Anyone can tell from the picture that we are dealing with a three legged Big Foot - I've seen them jump from the Himmalayas to Mars many times myself - don't ask a man not to believe his own eyes...

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 6:06:30 AM PST
Back in the late 50s or early 60s I remember reading a sci-fi novel, I think, titled The Revenge of The Martian, which, I think, was about this Martian taking revenge on Earthlings by stealing back from Earth the atmosphere the Earthlings had stolen from Mars. Does anyone can corroborate this?
Well, maybe it is a novel that I thought about writing and never did. Oh, well, maybe, one of these days that will the first one I write. LOL!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 6:19:40 AM PST
"don't ask a man not to believe his own eyes..."

Mine are getting worse as time is going by. So my skepticism keeps growing! LOL!!!

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 6:24:59 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 22, 2012 7:57:39 AM PST
Skaynan says:
A kind of related: The following music was sent out to space in the Voyager missoin:

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Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F. First Movement, Munich Bach Orchestra, Karl Richter, conductor. 4:40
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Java, court gamelan, "Kinds of Flowers," recorded by Robert Brown. 4:43
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Senegal, percussion, recorded by Charles Duvelle. 2:08
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Zaire, Pygmy girls' initiation song, recorded by Colin Turnbull. 0:56
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Australia, Aborigine songs, "Morning Star" and "Devil Bird," recorded by Sandra LeBrun Holmes. 1:26
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Mexico, "El Cascabel," performed by Lorenzo Barcelata and the Mariachi México. 3:14
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"Johnny B. Goode," written and performed by Chuck Berry. 2:38
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New Guinea, men's house song, recorded by Robert MacLennan. 1:20
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Japan, shakuhachi, "Tsuru No Sugomori" ("Crane's Nest,") performed by Goro Yamaguchi. 4:51
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Bach, "Gavotte en rondeaux" from the Partita No. 3 in E major for Violin, performed by Arthur Grumiaux. 2:55
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Mozart, The Magic Flute, Queen of the Night aria, no. 14. Edda Moser, soprano. Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor. 2:55
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Georgian S.S.R., chorus, "Tchakrulo," collected by Radio Moscow. 2:18
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Peru, panpipes and drum, collected by Casa de la Cultura, Lima. 0:52
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"Melancholy Blues," performed by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven. 3:05
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Azerbaijan S.S.R., bagpipes, recorded by Radio Moscow. 2:30
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Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky, conductor. 4:35
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Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue in C, No.1. Glenn Gould, piano. 4:48
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Beethoven, Fifth Symphony, First Movement, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, conductor. 7:20
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Bulgaria, "Izlel je Delyo Hagdutin," sung by Valya Balkanska. 4:59
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Navajo Indians, Night Chant, recorded by Willard Rhodes. 0:57
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Holborne, Paueans, Galliards, Almains and Other Short Aeirs, "The Fairie Round," performed by David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London. 1:17
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Solomon Islands, panpipes, collected by the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service. 1:12
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Peru, wedding song, recorded by John Cohen. 0:38
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China, ch'in, "Flowing Streams," performed by Kuan P'ing-hu. 7:37
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India, raga, "Jaat Kahan Ho," sung by Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar. 3:30
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"Dark Was the Night," written and performed by Blind Willie Johnson. 3:15
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Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat, Opus 130, Cavatina, performed by Budapest String Quartet. 6:37

Interesting selection, I must say. I wonder though who came up with the brilliant notion that ALIENS would understand MUSIC. For all we know, if they exist at all there's no reason to believe they will have EARS! Very far fetched.

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 6:34:26 AM PST
Azerbaijani bagpipes? No wonder the aliens have given planet Earth a very wide berth so far.......

......or have they?

On Mars, they have found a little house where Elvis, Lord Lucan, Shergar and princess Diana are all sitting having a nice cup of tea, along with Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gadaffi. NASA say it costs a lot more than sending a satellite up into space to fake a death.......

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 7:09:29 AM PST
Not that I care (*), but is there, perhaps, a Martian going around giving NO votes to posts in this discussion.

(*) except for Amazon's stupidity that hides posts after they get passed a threshold of negative votes - minimally, it should be an option on ones account and I would turn the damn thing off.

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 7:37:45 AM PST
John Spinks says:
<<Not that I care (*), but is there, perhaps, a Martian going around giving NO votes to posts in this discussion.>>

Yes, one with a particularly tight...okay I won't go there.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 7:47:32 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 22, 2012 12:29:57 PM PST
Voyager music:
"Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor"

No wonder HG Wells had them Martians invading us barbarian Earthlings!!!

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Disclaimer: I'm not disparaging The Rite, my entrance to the beautifull world of music! For more about the latter, check the now dorment post about The Rite's forthcoming centenary.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 8:16:40 AM PST
I just got a telegram from NASA. They found my Parker 51 fountain pen up there. I lost it in 1968 and have been hard pressed to write comfortably ever since. I had always wondered where it was. The suspense is over. They are going to put my pen on exhibit in the Smithsonian. That's nice and all, but wouldn't it be better if they just returned my pen to me?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 8:27:49 AM PST
Roeselare says:
Wasn't President GW Bush talking about oil on Mars?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 8:28:37 AM PST
Roeselare says:
"Rocks can't go from Earth to Mars."

I think they can.

heh, the Sun is too massive.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 8:33:59 AM PST
Roeselare says:
of all the Glenn Gould recordings!

That one is controversial, I used to hate it, now I'm OK with it. The recording hasn't changes, I have.. Sort of like, there used to be 9 planets! but reality has is a cruel mistress.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 8:36:33 AM PST
Roeselare says:
oh, Angelo, you must be right-handed. For a left-handed person those fountain pens were straight out of the underworld on Neptune. What a mess!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 8:45:38 AM PST
Roeselare says:
me too. I agree.

The yes/no popularity buttons? What nonsense. And with TV 'talent' shows reproducing themselves all over the world, "Call in now and vote yes/no!"

Non-musicians live vicariously through these activities, so I guess they have a function, keeping the riff raft off the streets, somewhat. 'Pretty pathetic. Waste your time as a teen with these shows, instead of learning music?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 8:58:25 AM PST
Ahmad says:
If there was other cultures on other planets, do you think they discovered music as well?
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