A few days ago, Curiosity woke up to the song Please would you be my neighbor by Mr. Rogers, that's a greeting for the newly arrived InSight Rover. According to NASA researchers, Curiosity stated that she had been working at the Mars Highfield rig where she would dump a sample. The rover, which has been cruising around Mars since 2012, has previously discovered four interesting rocks, including one that is atypically smooth and shiny.
The rock was called Little Colonsay and is believed to be a meteorite. Scientists will only confirm this speculation when Curiosity succeeds in analyzing the rock. This is where the ChemCam instruments come in. With a laser, a spectrograph and more, the rover will be able to give researchers an answer to the nature of the shiny rock.
According to an update in the blog of the Mars Curiosity mission, the rover will consider the deposit pile using all its instruments, including a passive observation with the ChemCam. This instrument is designed to examine four samples, two of which were previously found: Little Colonsay and a dark-coated stone called Flanders Moss.
Researchers believe Little Colonsay is a meteorite because of its shiny appearance, but "looks can be deceptive," the team emphasizes. In addition to these two rocks, Curiosity will explore another target pair called Eildon and Forres. These two samples will be added to the gray database of the Jurassic rock before Curiosity leaves the Highfield site next week.
This is not the first shiny object that Curiosity has discovered on Mars. For example, in 2014, the Curiosity Rover found a huge shiny stone that is believed to be an iron meteorite. A similar discovery was made in 2015, at that time with a shiny nickel-iron meteorite.