Did Curiosity Discover Gold on Mars or Just a Meteorite?

A week or so ago, the Curiosity rover found a smooth shiny rock at the Vera Rubin Ridge. It has not yet been analyzed to see its chemical composition but scientists say that it could be another meteorite which isn’t uncommon.

Curiosity has been at the Highfield drill site before, but NASA’s mission controllers wanted to take a look at four previously detected rocks—including an unusually smooth rock that, in black and white at least, looks a bit like a chunk of gold.

Immediate suspicions are that the rock, dubbed Little Colonsay, is a meteorite, but NASA scientists won’t know for sure until Curiosity performs a chemical analysis.

Read on for more on Gizmodo.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Los Alamos National Laboratory)

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