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Curiosity finds a golden rock on Mars: NASA reveals image of ‘super shiny’ object on the red planet’s surface – and says it is sending its rover back for a closer look

Curiosity finds a golden rock on Mars: NASA reveals image of ‘super shiny’ object on the red planet’s surface – and says it is sending its rover back for a closer look

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Operators will use the six-wheeled NASA rover’s ChemCam to study the rock.

 

Looking at rocks and soils from a distance, ChemCam fires a laser and analyzes the elemental composition of vaporized materials from areas smaller than 0.04 inch (1 millimeter) on the surface of Martian rocks and soils.

 

An on-board spectrograph provides detail about minerals and microstructures in rocks by measuring the composition of the resulting plasma – an extremely hot gas made of free-floating ions and electrons.

Source: Curiosity finds a golden rock on Mars: NASA reveals image of ‘super shiny’ object on the red planet’s surface – and says it is sending its rover back for a closer look