View of Curiosity's First Scoop Also Shows Bright Object
October 9th, 2012
10:14 AM ET

View of Curiosity's First Scoop Also Shows Bright Object

"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.

This image was taken during the mission's 61st Martian day, or sol (Oct. 7, 2012), the same sol as the first scooping. After examining Sol 61 imaging, the rover team decided to refrain from using the arm on Sol 62 (Oct. 8). Instead, the rover was instructed to acquire additional imaging of the bright object, on Sol 62, to aid the team in assessing possible impact, if any, to sampling activities.

For scale, the scoop is 1.8 inches (4.5 centimeters) wide, 2.8 inches (7 centimeters) long."

Source: NASA

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Julian Villacres

    Aliens.

    October 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  2. TX4UREXKARLENE

    Extra part ...

    October 10, 2012 at 11:18 am |
  3. MOCaseA

    "It's just a loose screw. nothing to worry about"

    Next official statement from NASA...

    October 10, 2012 at 4:37 am |

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