Curiosity finds massive metal meteorite on Mars as it moves into more dangerous, exciting territory

Curiosity finds massive metal meteorite on Mars as it moves into more dangerous, exciting territory
July 16, 2014
Mars Meteorite
NASA’s Curiosity rover has encountered a massive iron meteorite on Mars.

July 16, 2014
By Sebastian Anthony
ExtremeTech.com

The huge iron meteorite, called Lebanon was first discovered and imaged by Curiosity back on Sol 640 (May 25). The image is a composite of photos from the rover’s Mastcam, and close-up macro photos captured by ChemCam. The six-week delay is probably due to the fact that it takes a long time to upload high-res photos from Mars to Earth — there’s only around 6Mbps of bandwidth between the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Earth, and Curiosity can only uplink to MRO for a short period every day (when it flies overhead). ...In other news, Curiosity recently celebrated its first Martian anniversary on the Red Planet (almost two Earth years), and is now about two thirds of the way to its primary target of Mount Sharp, which it should reach in early 2015. Perhaps most interestingly, Curiosity recently passed into a region of terrain that is much more likely to yield exciting geology data and dramatic photos of the Martian landscape.

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