Martian soil, Curiosity image

Martian soil, Curiosity image

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Caption: Martian soil. Image showing part of the small pit created in the Martian surface when NASA's Curiosity rover collected its second scoop of soil at a sandy patch called Rocknest. The bright particle near the centre of this image, and similar ones elsewhere in the pit, prompted concern because a small, light-toned shred of debris from the spacecraft had been observed previously nearby. However, the mission's science team assessed the bright particles in this scooped pit to be native Martian material rather than spacecraft debris. Imaged by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on Curiosity, during the 69th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (15th October 2012), about a week after the scoop dug this hole. The view here covers an area of ground about 4.

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