Originally Posted by radioman
People are speculating its a handle to a hatch.
The picture is from the series "Lost" in which one of the mystery's early on was why there is a hatch on the island. The picture depicts the first moment they opened the hatch.
it was also the last thing seen in the 1st season finale which has to have been one of the biggest WTF cliffhanger season finales ive seen.
as for driving over and poking that thing, im not sure how these missions go but i would assume they have a very specific time frame with a linear plan for experiments. they may have already spent the allotted time in that area and have moved on to a different area.