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NASA Curiosity rover explores a brilliant object on Mars


This brilliant object on Mars is different from other nearby rocks.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / LANL

Mars is a dusty place, so when something brilliant appears, it stands out. On Wednesday, the NASA team curiously posted an update on its mission blog with a beautiful look at the shiny piece sitting on the surface of the planet.

The goal of curiosity Curiosity is nicknamed "The Little Column," and it looks like a little nugget. ChemCam rover captured a close-up of the object on Monday.

“The planning team thinks it may be a meteorite because it’s so brilliant,” writes Curiosity team member Suzanne Schwentser. "But the look can deceive, and the evidence will come only from chemistry."

ChemCam Curiosity is a toolkit that includes a camera, spectrometers and a laser that help NASA analyze the composition of Martian rocks and soil. Rover will have to explore Little Colonsay with ChemCam to determine if this is really a meteorite.

NASA recently discovered bright and shiny objects on Mars. an odd bright thing seen by curiosity in 2012 It turned out, most likely, a small plastic part from the rover. Other mysterious particle of the same year there was a bit of mars.

NASA has identified strange scaly object as part of the martian rock in early 2018.

It is not surprising if Little Kolonsi is a meteorite. The NASA capability navigator discovered an iron meteorite on Mars back in 2008, when a meteorite of any type was identified on another planet. Curiosity even discovered a giant specimen in 2014.

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