Posted on Friday, 21 September, 2012 | 48 comments| News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf
Image credit: NASA
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has discovered a strange pyramid shaped rock on the Martian surface.
Nicknamed "Jake Matijevic" after the surface operations systems chief engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory, the rock is about 10 inches tall and 16 inches across. It was found along the rover's route as it was driving towards its first major science destination.
NASA scientists are now hoping to use the rock as a target to test the rover's contact instruments including the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer for determining composition and the Mars Hand Lens Imager for taking close-up pictures.
"The rover team has assessed it as a suitable target for the first use of Curiosity's contact instruments on a rock."