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Curiosity finds shiny protuberance on Mars
February 8, 2013 | 107 comments
Image Credit: NASA
NASA's rover has discovered something unusual - a metallic object protruding out from some rocks.
[!gad]There have been several claims of strange objects in photographs taken by Curiosity over the last few months but this one is a little different. The strange metallic protuberance can be clearly seen sticking up out of some rocks and seems to cast a visible shadow underneath it. The photograph was taken by Curiosity's right Mastcam on January 30th.
The anomaly appears to be very different to the landscape around it and has the appearance of smooth metal with no apparent dust build-up. Some have speculated that it could be some sort of crystal formation or exposed metallic ore. Whatever the case, it will be interesting to see what answers NASA can provide in response to the questions that have cropped up surrounding this image and whether it might represent something unique that has not been encountered before on the Red Planet.
Now the rover has imaged a small metallic-looking protuberance on a rock. Visible in the image above (the green lines point to it), the protuberance appears to have a high albedo and even projects a shadow on the rock below.
Source: Universe Today
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