Mars rover scoops, detects bright object

2012-10-09 09:41

Los Angeles - Nasa officials say the Curiosity rover has made its first scoop of the surface of planet Mars and has detected a bright object on the ground.

Officials said on Monday that they suspect the object might be a part of the six-wheeled rover, but they won't sample or scoop anymore until they figure out what it is.

The Curiosity has already beamed back pictures of bedrock that suggest a fast-moving stream once flowed on the planet.

The rover landed on August 5 and is on a two-year, $2.5bn mission to study whether microbial life could have existed on Mars in the past.

Today's Mars is a frozen desert, but previous geological studies suggest it was once warmer and wetter.

  • Willie - 2012-10-09 09:51

    Good news

  • zaatheist - 2012-10-09 09:58

    OMG - is it part of an alien spaceship, a diamond bigger that the Cullinen or a shard from a Ming vase?

      tony.angel.3975 - 2012-10-09 10:24

      Now i know were i lost my Gold ring!

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-10-09 10:27

      Anglo have just found their new mining operation. And it's going to be cheaper than paying the wages in SA! ;-)

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-09 11:19

      @tony Is this the best excuse you can come up with to tell your wife? LOL!

  • natasha.wentink - 2012-10-09 10:04

    What a waste of money.

      lostand.damnedskeptic - 2012-10-09 10:24


      shannon.mcmurtrie.3 - 2012-10-09 10:33

      Oh! Really?? Please tell us how this is a waste of money?

      jody.beggs - 2012-10-09 10:33

      Should we rather have stayed in the dark ages , would you feel better under Religious persecution ?

      petrus.ngwenya.3 - 2012-10-09 11:00

      Sorry Natasha, another $2 billion not spent on mascara development. When will we finally have smudge free lipstick?

      arthur.hugh - 2012-10-09 13:47

      Shame Natasha, here's a wet wipe for you.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-10-09 13:56

      You're a waste of oxygen.

      hlonipho.mthomben - 2012-10-09 15:33

      clearly you are a dumb natasha!!!

      albert.m.burger - 2012-10-09 22:15

      I blame your parents...

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-10-09 10:04

    If it is any evidence of consequence, we will be told that the sun was shining on the camera lens or something as stupid as that. It's all on a need to know basis " For OUR eyes only" file. No conspiracy theorist.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-09 12:38

      It's a weather balloon.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-10-09 13:47


  • arthur.hugh - 2012-10-09 13:53

    Looks like it could be a small rivet or bolt.

  • mauritz.kloppers.7 - 2012-10-09 15:27

    Maybee this is where I lost my cellphone!

  • hlonipho.mthomben - 2012-10-09 15:31

    wow good venture

  • - 2012-10-09 16:34

    Is there Oxygen on Mars ?

  • TiNRiB - 2012-10-09 21:20

    Finally... Sergio Ramos ball is found!

  • stephen.scott.376043 - 2012-10-10 14:38

    The results will be inconclusive, and we will have to send another one, and another one, and another one.

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