LOS ANGELES (October 9, 2012)—NASA’s Curiosity rover has made its first scoop of the surface of planet Mars and has detected a bright object on the ground, officials say.
Officials said in a news release that they suspect the object might be a part of the six-wheeled rover, but they won't sample or scoop anymore until they figure out what it is.
The Curiosity has already beamed back pictures of bedrock that suggest a fast-moving stream once flowed on the planet.
The rover landed Aug. 5 on a two-year, $2.5 billion mission to study whether microbial life could have existed on Mars in the past.
Today's Mars is a frozen desert, but previous geological studies suggest it was once warmer and wetter.
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