PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — Mars rover Curiosity has uncovered bright, shiny particles from a spot where it is collecting samples of dirt.
The rover is collecting Mars dirt in a sandy patch called “Rocknest,” where the bright particles have been confirmed as being as Martian in origin, and not debris from the spacecraft, as was seen nearby previously, scientists said.READ MORE: San Bernardino Investigators Say Loma Linda Sexual Predator May Have More Underage Victims That Have Not Yet Come Forward
Last Thursday, Curiosity snapped a photo of a small, bright object on the ground beside the rover at the Rocknest site. The object, which was about half an inch long, was determined to be debris from the spacecraft, possibly from the landing.READ MORE: Drone Video: Great White Sharks Off California's Coast Are More Common Than You Think
Curiosity’s scoop of dirt showed a light-toned particle embedded in a clod of soil. Scientists believe this particle to be Martian in origin and the discovery prompted them to continue scooping in the area.
Monday’s scoop of dirt showed yet another bright particle in the small pit created when the rover collected another scoop of Martian soil. Scientists believe this particle to also be Martian in origin.MORE NEWS: 'Just Not Fair': Gascón Drops Bid For Death Penalty In Killing Of 10-Year-Old Anthony Avalos