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Russian boffins have floated the idea that the Tunguska object, a meteorite that flattened swathes of Siberia in 1908, may have been a chunk of Mars. The Tunguska event is considered history's largest recorded meteorite impact. Controversy surrounds whether the object was a meteorite or comet, and whether the object hit the …

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Joke

Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!

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Mushroom

Re: Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

No boom today.

Boom tomorrow.

There's always a boom tomorrow.

BOOM!

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Happy

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Very apt sci-fi reference! Thank you Vince.

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Alien

Chances of that?

Million-to-one, I'd say!

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Alien

Re: Chances of that?

..and still they come.

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Re: Chances of that?

Million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.

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Re: Chances of that?

I guess the aerobraking did not go according to plan...

Ulla...

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gravelite sandstone (98.5% SiO2)

One big enough to be a Tunguska candidate Is not likely to survive being fired from a cannon on Mars or being thrown up from a meteorite impact there either. Well not to make it to earth in one piece without some serious shepherd moon of its own.

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re: whether Martians threw it at us. And why.

... perhaps it was just a dramatic skycrane failure?

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Anonymous Coward

Volcanic plug

Considering volcanoes on earth loft some rocks a fair distance how much would it take to send a big rock out of the gravity of Mars?

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The force that would send it straight up at > 11,200 mph.

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5km/s on Mars iirc.

I suppose it's even a little easier if you did it from the top of Olympus. I don't think Olympus is that dense, I could well be wrong though. One course on "the Solar system" 13 years ago at uni isn't a lot to go on.

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More than a few Martian cow farts then, thanks.

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Holmes

Alternative theory:

Mars has been bombarded with so many tunguska meteorites that its covered in the same stuff.

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Alien

It's BUGS!

That did it- Buenos Aires is next!!

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Re: It's BUGS!

Have you been watching those dreadful adaptations of superb pulp-sci-fi novels that have been being broadcast over Christmas? ;-)

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Re: It's BUGS!

Why do you think it was dreadful?

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Re: It's BUGS!

Actually, they weren't that bad... I just got upset because I read the whole series of books back in the 80s/90s and the films are not a patch on those. But the films do stand up reasonably well in their own right - well, the first one, anyway. Did they make sequels? I seem to recall seeing a second one.

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Re: It's BUGS!

Did they make sequels?

Love the first film (and subsequently read the book it was based on), but the sequels are absolutely dire.

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Re: It's BUGS!

Yes, they made sequels, but they fall into the same category as the sequels for The Matrix, and Highlander.

Ignore them and your memory of the first movie will remain unsullied.

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Re: It's BUGS!

What was your opinion of the book and how it was translated to film? I must admit it was many, many years ago that I read Heinlein's works (the ones in our local library anyway).

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Alien

And slowly, and surely drew their plans against us...

"...What do you mean you mixed up tifanary measurements and qatotery measurements...?"

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Mars?

I don't believe it for a moment. Readers of Stanislaw Lem know that it came from Venus.

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Anonymous Coward

If it was the Martians, then their aim was off. They missed France by thousands of miles.

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How to spot junk science:

1) the paper makes spectacular claims about something spectacular.

2) the paper is an analysis of objects which no-one but the author has seen or think exist.

3) the paper has not been published.

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Mushroom

Martians were trying to silence HG Wells for tipping off humanity

But they mixed up metric and imperial units....

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Throwing rocks in a lake

"If proven, the next question must surely be whether Martians threw it at us. And why."

You know how it's fun to throw rocks at a lake surface to see how far you can make them bounce?

From a martian's point of view, the closest lakes around are those of water on Earth, and the methane ones in Titan. Earth is only about half as far away as Titan...

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