The Mars Rover, Curiosity, has been looking around Mars for about 3 months now. About two weeks ago it discovered an unidentified metallic object. Needless to say any particle sightings on Mars are taken very seriously, except these, as they have now been confirmed to have more than likely just fallen off Curiosity when it landed.
However Curiosity actually has discovered “bright particles” from Mars, but it is not yet known what these particles are, possibly small flecks of crystalline material — maybe silica. Curiosity is now taking small soil samples or bites out of Mars for further analysis which are now being assessed as “Martian material” by scientists. Curiosity’s on-board Chemical and Mineralogy (CheMin) laboratory. which uses X-ray diffraction will analyze the composition of samples. Results from these tests are expected in the coming days.
Even if nothing significant is discovered, the fact that we have developed technology that is capable of such an expedition is very exciting and encouraging.
To find out more about Curiosity you can go here.
Let us know in the comment section what you think about NASA’s latest findings, do you think there’s anything to discover on the Red planet?
NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars’ past or present ability to sustain microbial life
Sample material from the fourth scoop of Martian soil collected by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity
Bright Particle in Hole Dug by Scooping of Martian Soil