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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.
As the Mars rover Curiosity prepared to take its first soil sample, scientists scoured the photos it took and discovered a shiny object laying on top of the planet's surface. Upon further study NASA scientists believe that it's something that fell off Curiosity, such as a piece of plastic.
After enhancing this image of the first one-half-inch shiny object, NASA determined that it might be debris that fell from the spacecraft during its Mars landing.