Rover Curiosity sees more shiny objects on Mars

Rover Curiosity sees more shiny objects on Mars

Summary: While scooping up soil samples the new Mars rover saw more shiny objects that haven't been identified yet.

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  • This image shows the three scoop marks made on the Martian surface by Curiosity's digging tool. The second scoopful of soil was discarded after one of the shiny objects was discovered in the sample. The nearest hole on the left was the first sample, the one above it was the second and the one to their right was the third.

    Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

  • The earlier object was spotted from this photo which showed the ground where Curiosity's second scoop of soil was taken. The object is hard to find but it's in the clump of dirt near the top right of the photo.

  • This may remind you of a character from South Park but it actually shows the 3-inch particle tray used to help filter the samples for testing.

    The first sample of soil "about as big as a baby aspirin" according to NASA is now being analyzed.

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  • Oooooooooooooh .. Shiny pebble sized objects on Mars.

    Must be a slow news day. Grin.
    kenosha77a
    • And I hear that many of the Apple faithful

      are already lining up to buy one.
      William Farrel
  • Rush Time

    there's gold in dem der planet.

    it would be finny if it was gold.
    Scatcatpdx
    • Gold on Mars

      I cant wait to see it on the discovery channel, Planet Mars: Deep Space Dredging
      Carl Dunlap
  • Oh it must be artificial

    ...because it is shiny and is on Mars. Sure. And nothing natural anywhere on earth is shiny, either, puh-lease. Now, show me a skull and a couple of hip and thigh bones close-up in high res, you will have a news story.
    D.J. 43
  • My daughter

    My daughter (6) instantly said: Dinosaur Bone!

    Let's all hope she's right; would be a pretty epic find. ;)
    Han CNX
    • Rover, go fetch the bone! Good Boy!

      Actually, that would be VERY epic if those objects were organic in composition.
      kenosha77a
  • Mortar line

    If you look at the pyramid rock in that enhanced image, doesn't the bottom edge of it look like a smoothed out mortar line ? its actually recessed a bit as well. Pretty cool. I hope curiosity has enough power to flip it over.
    Merrr
  • I for one ...

    I for one welcome our our new tiny shiny Martian overlords.
    jaypeg