Yes, it's a shining rock, okay. Image: NASA / JPL-Caltech / LANL An unusually smooth and reflective Martian Rock has…
Yes, it’s a shining rock, okay. Image: NASA / JPL-Caltech / LANL
An unusually smooth and reflective Martian Rock has taken the attention of NASA researchers, leading to an investigation of curiosity of curiosity.
With the spectacularly successful landing of the InSight probe on Mars earlier this week, our attention has obviously been shifted from curiosity, which has investigated the red planet since 201
2. After we have checked InSight, the six-wheel NASA rover has worked on Vera Rubin Ridge, investigates Highfield Outcrop, a unique piece of gray bedrock.
Enjoy the curiosity at the Highfield drilling site before, but NASA’s mission controllers would take a look at four previously discovered stones – including an unusually steady stone like black and white at least looking like a piece of gold
Image: NASA / JPL-Caltech / LANL
Immediate suspicions are that the rock, called Little Colonsay, is a meteorite, but NASA researchers do not know for sure until curiosity performs a chemical analysis. Rover’s ChemCam instrument, consisting of a camera, spectrograph and laser, offers a chemical laboratory in place.
Curiosity may have stumbled on a meteorite is not shocking. The rover has snuck out several such items during the trip, including a big metal meteorite 2015 and a shiny nickel-iron meteorite the following year.
Other interesting items discovered by Curiosity include a apparent appearance, a smooth, strange shaped object that turned out to be a plastic package that fell from the rover and a perfect sphere determined to be the product of a natural geological process called concrete. Perhaps held the strangest event in 2013, when curiosity saw rocks that had astonishing resemblance to a squirrel – a classic example of pareidolia, a kind of optical illusion where faces, animals or everyday objects are projected on insignificant stimuli or medium.
Rocks at Highfield drilling site. Image: NASA / JPL-Caltech / LANL
Anyhoo, the curiosity piper will also investigate a stone called Flanders Moss, which became famous because of its dark-colored coating. Again, NASA will not know more about this item until curiosity analyzes a sample after drilling. Two other stones, Forres and Eidon, will also be investigated before the Curiosity War at the Highfield site.
Unfortunately, curiosity is the only mobile rover on Mars at the moment. Its landmember, Opportunity robber, has been out of commission because a dust storm forced it to sleep, a sleep it has not been able to awaken. NASA has not explained the mission death just a little, but we should know more about the possibility of opportunity early next year.