NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover found an unusual, shiny lump on the surface of the Red Planet.
Researchers believe the object could be "a meteorite because it's so shiny," according to a NASA blog.
The spacecraft of the Mars Science Laboratory Mission, the most technologically advanced rover of all time, landed on August 5 on a crater, 201
Since then, he has been busy working on his mission to determine if the Red Planet was ever for microbial life or is habitable.
The Rover is the size of a Mini Cooper and is equipped with 17 cameras and a robotic arm with specialized laboratory tools and instruments.
And one of these cameras has captured the unusual gold object.
In an update of the mission blog, team member Suzanne Schwenzer joked that Rover " has chased shiny things ".
She has uploaded an image taken by the rover ChemCam of the unknown object: "Target Little Colonsay, a potential meteorite."
ChemCam fires a laser and analyzes the composition of vaporized material from areas smaller than 1 mm on the surface of Martian rocks and soils.
It uses The laser removes the dust of mars rock and a remote camera for extremely detailed images.
Schwenzer explained that out of four samples recently taken for analysis, "one of the samples we [will]] Try a better look at & # 39; Little Colonsay & # 39; to throw.
"The planning team thinks it might be a meteor because it's so shiny. But the look can be deceiving, and evidence will come only from the chemistry.
"Unfortunately, the small target was missed in the previous attempt, and Curiosity will try the information again."
The finding comes as a result of a "minor post-holiday slip" after Thanksgiving when the robotic arm of the Rovers "passed a safety line".
However, the activity of the arm was restored so that the researchers could make a number of scientific observations regarding the rock of Mars. including the search for meteorites and the monitoring of changes in wind and sediment movement.
Rovers researchers have welcomed this week's new Mars neighbor, NASA's InSight probe, which landed on Monday.