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Curiosity finds a golden rock on Mars: NASA reveals a "super shiny" object on the surface of the red planet – Daily Mail

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NASA's Curiosity rover is studying a strange "golden rock" on Mars.

The space agency said the rover was sent for a closer look at the strange object.

Officially called "Little Colonsay", scientists have spotted the rock in a larger picture and have now decided to go back to give a closer look.

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The golden rock on Mars: NASA revealed this image of taking "Little Colonsay", a potential meteorite, on the surface of the red planet. It was taken by the ChemCam of the rover. Curiosity is now coming back to give you a closer look.

HOW WILL I HAVE A BETTER LOOK?

Operators will use the ChemCam of NASA's six-wheeler rover to study rock.

Looking at rocks and land at a distance, ChemCam emits a laser and analyzes the elemental composition of vaporized materials from areas less than 0.04 inches (1 millimeter) on the surface of rocks and Martian soils.

An on-board spectrograph provides details on the minerals and microstructures in the rocks by measuring the resulting plasma composition – an extremely hot gas made of ions and free floating electrons.

The camera is able to solve features from 5 to 10 times smaller than those seen with the cameras of the two Mars Exploration Rover of NASA who began exploring the red planet in January 2004.

"One of the champions we try to give a better look is" Little Colonsay, "NASA said.

"The planning team thinks it could be a meteorite because it's so bright.

"But looks can be deceiving and the evidence comes only from chemistry.

"Unfortunately, the small goal was lost in the previous attempt, and with information from this, Curiosity will try again. & # 39;

Operators will use the ChemCam of NASA's six-wheeler rover to study rock.

Looking at rocks and land at a distance, ChemCam emits a laser and analyzes the elemental composition of vaporized materials from areas less than 0.04 inches (1 millimeter) on the surface of rocks and Martian soils.

An on-board spectrograph provides details on the minerals and microstructures in the rocks by measuring the resulting plasma composition – an extremely hot gas made of ions and free floating electrons.

The camera is able to solve features from 5 to 10 times smaller than those seen with the cameras of the two Mars Exploration Rover of NASA who began exploring the red planet in January 2004.

Curiosity worked on Vera Rubin Ridge, investigating the outcrop of Highfield, a unique area of ​​gray rock.

Curiosity worked on Vera Rubin Ridge, investigating the outcrop of Highfield, a unique area of ​​gray rock.

Curiosity worked on Vera Rubin Ridge, investigating the outcrop of Highfield, a unique area of ​​gray rock.

NASA has a myriad of rocks in which it wants to investigate, including "Flanders Moss", which shows "an interesting coating of dark color, for which chemistry is required to confirm its nature".

The rover has recently undergone an electronic brain transplant.

The Mars rover was forced to switch to his spare computer, Side-A, on October 3, after a memory anomaly detected on September 15th.

In this way the technicians have been able to diagnose the problem while the robot continues to operate.

When Curiosity first landed on Mars, he used his Side-A computer.

But five years ago, he encountered hardware and software problems, and the team moved him to Side B.

The affected part of the A side was then quarantined, allowing the rover to continue storing data and event records on it.

The team decided to make a change again last month after the memory anomaly.

WHAT IS THE MARS CURIOSITY ROVER AND WHAT HAS REACHED A LOT?

The Mars Curiosity rover was initially launched by Cape Canaveral, an American Air Force station in Florida, on November 26, 2011.

After traveling for 350 million miles (560 million km), the 1.8 billion pound ($ 2.5 billion) research vehicle landed only 2.4 miles (2.4 km) from the assigned landing point.

After a successful landing on 6 August 2012, the rover traveled about 11 miles (18 km).

It was launched on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) probe and the rover accounted for 23% of the total mission mass.

With 80 kg (180 lb) of scientific instruments on board, the rover weighs a total of 899 kg (1,982 lb) and is powered by a plutonium fuel source.

The rover is 2.9 meters long (9.5 feet) by 2.7 meters (8.9 feet) wide by 2.2 meters (7.2 feet) tall.

The Mars curiosity rover was initially intended to be a two year mission to gather information to help answer if the planet could sustain life, has liquid water, studies the climate and the geology of Mars has since been active by more than 2,000 days

The Mars curiosity rover was initially intended to be a two year mission to gather information to help answer if the planet could sustain life, has liquid water, studies the climate and the geology of Mars has since been active by more than 2,000 days

Initially, the rover had to be a two-year mission to gather information to help answer if the planet could sustain life, have liquid water, study the climate and geology of Mars.

Thanks to its success, the mission has been extended indefinitely and is now active for over 2,000 days.

The rover has several scientific instruments on board, including the mastcam which consists of two cameras and can take high resolution images and videos in real colors.

So far, in the journey of the robot the size of a car, he encountered an ancient stream bed where liquid water flowed, not long after he discovered that billions of years ago, a nearby area known as Yellowknife Bay was part of a lake that could they supported microbial life.

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