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Laser Sparks Fly on Mars

By Mike Wall
space.com
7-17-14

      NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars has set off some fireworks on the Red Planet with the zap-zap-zap of its high-tech space laser.

On Saturday (July 12), Curiosity photographed sparks flying from a baseball-size rock blasted by the 1-ton robot’s laser-sampling Chemistry and Camera instrument, known as ChemCam. You can see the laser flashes in this new video of Curiosity’s work from NASA, which compiles pictures taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager camera on the rover’s arm.

While Curiosity has fired its laser at more than 600 different targets since touching down on Mars in August 2012, the rover had never captured images of the resulting sparks before Saturday, NASA officials said. . . .

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