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Prior to Curiosity's encounter with shiny objects, it examined this rock and hit it with two laser blasts.
"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.
Looks can be deceiving. Here's a look at a tire track where Curiosity stopped and then moved backward. A budding controversy?