Strange object photographed on Mars surface by Curiosity rover camera August 19, 2018
CLICK TO ENLARGE: The small object on Mars has been identified.
(NATIONAL) – The image of a small object on the surface of mars looked pretty strange to scientists. Against the background of regular, by now monotonous looking Martian rocks and dirt, this thing stuck out like a sore thumb.
It looked for all the world like maybe a chip of paint or possibly a piece of light-colored masking tape. The image was taken on Monday August 13 by the Curiosity rover’s camera as part of the ongoing Mars Curiosity Mission.
Scientists initially thought the mystery object was a piece of spacecraft debris or possibly even part of Curiosity itself. But now they’ve figured it out and it’s not a mystery anymore.
The object was analyzed by Curiosity’s ChemCam. That’s an instrument that uses a laser and spectrometer to figure stuff like this out. And according to ChemCam, the object is nothing more exciting than a very thin flake of rock, albeit of a different color from the ones surrounding it.
Curiosity has been exploring the surface of Mars since it landed there in August 2012.