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Thursday, January 13, 2005|
|Opportunity Finds a Weird Object|
Roaming away from the debris field, Opportunity found a hunk of
something on Meridiani Planum. "We're curious about it too. We have
Mini-TES data on it now, and they suggest that it may actually be made
of metal," said Dr. Steve Squyres, principal investigator of the Mars
Exploration Rovers. "So we are beginning to suspect that it may be
a meteorite. I stress that this is very preliminary!" The next thing on
NASA's list is to test the object with Opportunity’s Instrument
Deployment Device (in laymen’s terms, the robot arm which has
scientific instruments, such as the Mössbauer Spectrometer, the Alpha
Particle X-Ray Spectrometer, and a Rock Abrasion Tool).
Huygens will land tomorrow. I will post something as soon as information comes in. Godspeed to the Huygens team.
(More info: Space.com)
- posted by Jim @ 20:53 EST