Ooh, shiny! NASA's Curiosity rover has spotted something curious on the Martian soil, likely "a shred of plastic" from the rover, says the space agency. Still, NASA is taking a hard look at the mystery object.
The $2.5 billion Mars Curiosity rover took its first scoop of Martian soil on Sunday. Pictures showing the first scoop taken from a patch of sand nicknamed "Rocknest" also reveal that "a bright object is visible on the ground" between the scoop and the rest of the rover, says a NASA statement. The tiny glints are less than a tenth of an inch across.