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Mars rover finds a 'bright object' on the red planet

WASHINGTON--NASA's Curiosity rover has uncovered a "bright object" in the red soil of Mars that might be a part of the robotic explorer that broke off, the U.S. space agency said.

"The rover team decided to refrain from using the rover's robotic arm on Oct. 8 due to the detection of a bright object on the ground that might be a piece from the rover," NASA said Monday in a statement.

"Curiosity is acquiring additional imaging of the object to aid the team in identifying the object and assessing possible impact, if any, to sampling activities."

The rover had parked at a sand pit late last week, where it was to scoop up soil in order to clean and test its geological sampling hardware.

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