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Curiosity rover may be littering Mars

Oct 18 (): NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is apparently spoiling the Red planet. The pictures sent back by Mars rover shows a bright little object lying in Martian dirt. A close look at the object suggests that it is a small piece of plastic cover that has dropped from the robot.

This discovery has made a turn on rover’s present task to scrub out Mars soil scoop and to take the first sample of the dirt from Mars for analysis, reports from ‘New Scientist’ said. But, more bright fragments of the unidentified matter found in Mars soil – at first was thought to have come from shedding of Curiosity – may be actually Martian in its origin, though what the objects are is a mystery.

Mars Curiosity rover had been focussed in preparing to give soil to its CheMin instrument (Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument), which sends out thin beam of X-rays on the sample to find out the mineral composition of the sample.

This process involves taking scoops of soil, vigorously shaking them and after that dumping the soil back out, to make sure any remaining traces of the Earthly particles did not make it inside the science equipment.

The first scoop of soil and shake process revealed an unexpected object. Then the Curiosity took a quick break to observe the finding. The rover got back to action on 12th October taking another scoop of soil.

But the hole of Curiosity dug contained a bright particle, making the team to drop the load as worries rose that Rover was gathering pieces of the robotic debris of itself. Now, further scrutiny suggests at least few of the unknown particles are native to Mars. The images display light-toned objects embedded in the clumps of mined soil, implying they could not have been dropped by Rover.

Currently, NASA is preparing to scoop out third sample as well as more pictures from the spot, which should support them to find out whether bright pieces are litter or something that is worthy of delivering to the Rover’s lab equipment on-board.

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