NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity team plans to position the exploratory rover to closely examine a bright speck of material the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)-based team now believes could be Martian in origin rather than “foreign object debris” as previously thought. The 1 mm speck was discovered when the rover’s arm scooped out material for the sampling system as part of initial efforts to clean out the chemistry and mineralogy (CheMin) experiment, one of two ways that ...


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