Ħaġka Martian non-free usual smooth and reflecting raised the attention & # 39; NASA scientists, and led to an investigation by the Curiosity Rover. By & # 39; spectacular landing & # 39; success Insight probe on Mars earlier this week, our attention was diverġuta & # 39; away from Curiosity, which has been exploring the Red Planet by 2012.
While I was working on Insight, the wheels of NASA Rover of & # 39; six wheels has been working in & # 39; Vera Rubin Ridge, and investigated the outcrop of & # 39; Highfield, only patch & # 39; gray floor.
The curiosity was on the previous Highfield drill site, but the NASA mission controllers wanted to look into four & # 39; previously discovered rocks – including unusually smooth rocks, black and white at least, seems like cut & # 39; gold.
immediate suspicions are that rock, dubbed Little Colonsay, is a meteorite, but the NASA scientists will not be sure until Curiosity carries out chemical analysis. The ChemCam instrument of Rover, which consists of a camera, and laser spettrografija, offers laboratory & # 39; chemical spot.
That curiosity could not destroy & # 39; meteorite is staggering. The Rover blew several such items during his travels, including a huge meteorite metal in 2015 and shiny nickel meteorite of iron in the & # 39; next year.
Other interesting items include shard discovered by Curiosity seemingly out of place, smooth object, formed by & # 39; odd way it turned out as a piece of & # 39; plastic wrapping to drop & # 39; by Rover, and a perfect sphere to determine which is the product & # 39; natural geological process called konkrezjoni.
Perhaps the weirdest incident happened in 2013, when Curiosity found the rock that resembled near Squirrel – a classic example of & # 39; pareidolia, type & # 39; optical illusion in which faces, animals or objects & # 39; day are predicted insignificant stimuli or devices.
Kullhoo, the Curiosity Rover will also investigate rock called Flanders Moss, which earned its name because of its dark color coating. Again another & # 39;, NASA does not know more about this item until Curiosity analyze sample after drilling. Two other rocks, and Eidon Forres, will also be investigated before waiting curiosity on site & # 39; Highfield.
Unfortunately, the only mobile Curiosity Rover on Mars at the moment. His compatriot, the Opportunity Rover, has been out of commission since dust storm was forced into & # 39; & # 39 mode; hibernazzjoni, a & # 39; sleep it could not come & # 39 ;. NASA to declare the mission is still quite dead yet, but we should know more about the status & # 39; s earliest opportunity next year.[NASA JPL]