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The purpose of Curiosity Curiosity is the nickname “Little Colonsay” and it looks like a little nugget. Rover’s ChemCam caught a Monday close-up on the object.
“The planning team thinks it may be a meteorite because it’s so shiny,” writes curiosity team Susanne Schwenzer. “But the look may be deceiving, and proof will only come from chemistry.”
Curiosity ChemCam is a series of instruments that contain a camera, spectroscopes and a laser that helps NASA analyze the composition of Martian stones and fields. The rover is planning to investigate Little Colonsay with ChemCam to determine if it’s really a meteorite.
NASA has discovered bright and shiny objects on Mars earlier. Aproved likely to be a small plastic part from the rover. Another was a small piece of Mars.
NASA identified aas part of Martian Rock earlier in 2018.
It is not surprising that Little Colonsay turns out to be a meteorite. NASA’s Opportunity Rover found an iron meteorite on Mars back 2008, the first time a meteorite of any kind had been identified on another planet. Curiosity also found a jumbo test in 2014.