This image from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows a small bright object on the ground beside the rover at the 'Rocknest' site. The rover team has assessed this object as debris from the spacecraft, possibly from the events of landing on Mars.
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Small Debris on the Ground Beside Curiosity

This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows a small bright object on the ground beside the rover at the "Rocknest" site. The object is just below the center of this image. It is about half an inch (1.3 centimeters) long. The rover team has assessed this object as debris from the spacecraft, possibly from the events of landing on Mars.

The image was taken during the mission's 65th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 11, 2012).

JPL manages the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The rover was designed, developed and assembled at JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

For more about NASA's Curiosity mission, visit: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/msl, http://www.nasa.gov/mars, and http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl.

Image details

ID#:
PIA16230

Date added:
2012-10-15

Target:
Mars

Mission:
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)

Spacecraft:
Curiosity

Instruments:
Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS