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Mars golden rock found by Curiocity is a metal that can’t be identified as NASA reports

NASA’s Curiosity rover, roaming the surface of Mars, spotted a strange glowing object that stands out from its surroundings thanks to its unusual glow. Scientists handling the rover will guide them to take a closer look at the object, though they suspect that it is some stone that has fallen from space on the Martian soil.

NASA’s Curiosity rover, roaming the surface of Mars, spotted a strange glowing object that stands out from its surroundings thanks to its unusual glow. Scientists handling the rover will guide them to take a closer look at the object, though they suspect that it is some stone that has fallen from space on the Martian soil.

“We think it’s probably a meteorite, so it’s so glamorous. Sometimes, however, the phenomenon is baffling, and proof will only come from chemical analysis, “said Susan Schwanser, a member of the Curiosity Science group. The rover will use ChemCam’s scientific instruments (camera, spectrometer and laser) to test the object from near distance transmitting the RES-ICU.

This is not the first time Curiosity has found bright objects in Mars. In 2012 a strange glossy piece eventually turned out to be a plastic part that had been detached from the rover itself. Earlier in 2018 another strange object was identified as a Martian rock, and in 2008 NASA’s other rover, Opportunity, had for the first time found in Mars a small meteorite of iron.

And while the Curiosity is busy, at another Mars site, the InSight static robotic geo-seismic detector, which arrived a few days ago, is in its phase of adaptation before starting its own scientific research on the subsoil of the neighboring planet.