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Curiosity investigates strange iron meteorite

By T.K. Randall
November 3, 2016 · Comment icon 28 comments

This peculiar meteorite was discovered recently on Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
NASA's Curiosity rover has taken a closer look at an odd-looking meteorite lying on the surface of Mars.
The peculiar golf-ball-sized object was first noticed by scientists after it was picked up on the rover's Mast Camera (MastCam) in an area of Mars that it drove to back at the end of last month.

Now a closer look using the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument has revealed that the object, which has been named 'Egg Rock', is in fact a meteorite containing iron and nickel.

"Iron meteorites provide records of many different asteroids that broke up, with fragments of their cores ending up on Earth and on Mars," said ChemCam team member Horton Newsom.
"Mars may have sampled a different population of asteroids than Earth has."

Meteorites found on the surface of Mars have the potential to tell us a great deal about how the planet's environment has changed over the last few million years.

The region Egg Rock was found in, which Curiosity reached on its way up Mount Sharp, is already believed to have offered conditions that were once favorable to microbial life.

A closer analysis of the meteorite could help reveal further clues about the planet's habitability.

Source: Phys.org | Comments (28)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #19 Posted by Astra. 6 years ago
Pareidolia ...
Comment icon #20 Posted by danielost 6 years ago
Comment icon #21 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 6 years ago
Daniel, first things first, please don't post in all capitals. As well as being considered bad manners it is against the rules of this site. Secondly are you saying that it IS some kind of metal head? If the answer to that is no then by definition it is pareidolia. If the answer is yes may I suggest not hijacking this topic and starting a new topic in the correct section: Extraterrestrial Life & The UFO Phenomenon Thank you.
Comment icon #22 Posted by South Alabam 6 years ago
I'm curious too. Are you saying it is not pareidolia and is indeed a mans head, even Lincolns? Surely you jest.
Comment icon #23 Posted by danielost 6 years ago
i am saying i am not seeing what i want to see.  but that it does indeed look like a mans head.  lincolns head with bread.
Comment icon #24 Posted by danielost 6 years ago
sorry i forget that i have caps locked.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 6 years ago
Pareidolia is not seeing what you want to see. It is seeing a familiar pattern in an object where none actually exists.   Source: Dictionary.com If you are saying that this looks like a head but isn't actually one then it IS pareidolia. Once again Daniel you could have avoided making yourself look foolish by checking facts before posting. 
Comment icon #26 Posted by freetoroam 6 years ago
Bread? what like a soda bread or corn bread?  you do have some weird ideas danielost **SNIP**
Comment icon #27 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 6 years ago
I think he means beard.
Comment icon #28 Posted by freetoroam 6 years ago
you never know with daniel. 

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