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Curiosity finds something shiny on Mars

Times LIVE | 09 October, 2012 12:57
This image from the right Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows a scoop full of sand and dust lifted by the rover's first use of the scoop on its robotic arm. In the foreground, near the bottom of the image, a bright object is visible on the ground. The object might be a piece of rover hardware.
Image by: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Something shiny was noticed while the soil Mars Rover Curiosity was scooping up and examining Martian soil over the weekend

According to Nasa while the rover's first scooping activity appeared to go well, its operators have decided to suspend using its robotic arm just in case the object was a part of the rover.

Instead Curiosity is taking additional images of the object to try and help the rover team identify it, and assess what impact it may have on future sampling activities.

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