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Curiosity rover discovers shiny object on Mars

By T.K. Randall
December 2, 2018 · Comment icon 12 comments

Is this a meteorite, or something else ? Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
NASA's long-lived rover has come across an intriguing object that almost looks like a small gold nugget.
Having explored more than eleven miles of the dusty Martian surface in the six years that it has been trundling across the Red Planet, Curiosity has found more than its fair share of enigmas.

This latest find, which exhibits a remarkable shine that stands out against the dust and rocks, was posted up on NASA's website a few days ago.

While it looks like a gold nugget, scientists believe that it is most likely a meteorite.
It has since come to be nicknamed 'Little Colonsay'.

This is not the first anomalous object to be found by the rover either - back in 2012 it analyzed a strange bright object on the ground that turned out to be a piece of plastic off Curiosity itself.

It remains to be seen however exactly what Little Colonsay will turn out to be.

Source: CNET.com | Comments (12)




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Comment icon #3 Posted by Stiff 6 years ago
I reckon it's most probably a gold tooth from this dude...  
Comment icon #4 Posted by fred_mc 6 years ago
Interesting.
Comment icon #5 Posted by acute 6 years ago
I'd forgotten about this statue of Elvis! Here's the link, if it works: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/252834966559000121/
Comment icon #6 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 6 years ago
You might be on to something. Afterall it is well known that a certain chocolate bar is made on Mars....... Coincidence, I think not.
Comment icon #7 Posted by readerlurker 6 years ago
This is the first time I heard of NASA actually investigating anything worth looking at on Mars.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Timothy 6 years ago
That’s a joke, right? 
Comment icon #9 Posted by Tatetopa 6 years ago
GOLD on Mars! Perfect.  A gold rush is one sure was to get funding to explore Mars. Never underestimate to he power of human greed.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Silver Surfer 6 years ago
Say.. that looks like it came of King midas colon... What shall we call hit?
Comment icon #11 Posted by UFOwatcher 6 years ago
In an unknown language: "Put this in front of their camera. Earthlings love shiny objects."
Comment icon #12 Posted by bison 6 years ago
Not a typical-looking meteorite, even one of the metallic sort. No sign of an impact crater, either.  The Curiosity rover has now laser-beamed the object, and taken data on the materials driven off, for analysis. It does look somewhat yellowish in the color image, but gold seems a very long-shot.  


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