Shiny object on Mars
The mission of the Mars Rover Curiosity to analyze the surface soil of the planet Mars has been stalled by the discovery of a small shiny object close to the unmanned Curiosity.
The small object has yet to be identified, but NASA scientists fear a small piece of the Rover has fallen from the probe.
A robotic arm is used by the Curiosity to scoop soil from the surface of Mars, which is later placed into a smapling portion of the Mars Rover; initial soil sampling procedures appeared to work well on October 7th before the discovery of the shiny object. The last sample of soil collected by Curiosity still sits in the robotic arm waiting to be analyzed.
Although the object could be a piece of rock or mineral found on Mars but unknown to man the more likely scenario is that a piece of the Rover shook loose during soil sampling. Scientists are examining models of Curiosity to find similar objects before sampling the possible martian object.