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Weird Mars Rock Has Interesting Back Story

21 Sep 2012, 21:33 UTC
Weird Mars Rock Has Interesting Back Story
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The rock chosen for the first contact science investigations for the Curiosity rover. Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechThe Mars Science Laboratory team has identified their target for the first full-up contact science investigations using all the instruments attached to the Curiosity rover’s robotic arm. And ‘target’ is the operative word here, as this rock will be shot with Curiosity’s laser to help determine it chemical makeup. Interestingly, it has an unusual pyramid shape, and it was described as a “cool-looking rock sitting out on the plains of Mars,” by MSL project scientist John Grotzinger. But the rock now has a name, and while we don’t know everything about it yet, like its namesake, this rock likely has a very interesting back story.(...)Read the rest of Weird Mars Rock Has Interesting Back Story (522 words)© nancy for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity Rover Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh

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