Jake Matijevic Rock

The Jake Matijevic rock that Curiosity explored for several days on Mars, is marked by red dots indicate areas where the rover shot the rock with laser blasts and purple circles indicate areas investigated with X-rays beams.  Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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The circular black and white images on the Jake Matijevic Rock, were taken by ChemCam to look for the pits produced by the laser. The purple circles indicate where the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer trained its view.

This image was obtained by Curiosity’s Mast Camera on Sept. 21, 2012 PDT (Sept. 22 UTC), or sol 46.

Scientists white-balanced the color in this view to increase the inherent differences visible within the rock.

Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) tool

The output area of the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) tool.   Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Jake Matijevic Rock

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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