Click to enlargeCuriosity's First Rock Star Photo

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This close-up image shows the first target NASA's Curiosity rover aims to zap with its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument. ChemCam will be firing a laser at this rock, named Coronation (N165), and analyzing the glowing, ionized gas, called plasma, that the laser excites. The instrument will analyze that spark with a telescope and identify the chemical elements in the target.

The rock is just off to the right of the rover. This image is part of a set of images obtained by Curiosity's Mast Camera on August 8 PDT (August 9 EDT).

Image Addition Date: August 17, 2012
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/LANL

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