Curiosity rover zaps Mars rock with rapid-fire laser

By The Christian Science Monitor
Monday, August 20, 2012 16:09 EDT
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Screenshot from Mars Curiosity video
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Mars rover Curiosity zaps ‘Coronation’ rock with rapid-fire laser (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor)

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has zapped its first rock in what scientists elatedly declare a successful test of ChemCam, a laser-and-telescope combo designed to uncover the chemical composition of rocks on the Red Planet. The instrument is set to play a key role in helping scientists fill in Curiosity…

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