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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  • 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.

  • Prior to Curiosity's encounter with shiny objects, it examined this rock and hit it with two laser blasts.

    NASA describes:

    "The circular black and white images were taken by ChemCam to look for the pits produced by the laser. The purple circles indicate where the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer trained its view. "

  • Here is Curiosity's first journey.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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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.
    Richardbz
    • 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