New MSL pic of “shiny thing” shows it’s totally a piece of plastic

High-res MAHLI image of the object spotted on Mars (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Detail crop (sharpened)

Remember that curious object spotted on Mars a few days ago by Curiosity? After JPL researchers determined it was likely a piece of plastic wrap from a cable that shook loose during the landing sequence, the rover took this shot with its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) instrument on 10/12.

I’m no scientist, but yeah… it’s totally a piece of plastic.

Keep calm and carry on, Curiosity!

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About Jason Major

Desktop astronomer, graphic designer and space news nut.

Posted on October 12, 2012, in Mars and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Litter on Mars! Terrible.

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