Mystery object found by Curiosity rover is ‘benign plastic’

The piece of “benign plastic” photographed by the Curiosity rover. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Malin Space Science Systems

The odd-looking mystery object photographed a few days ago by the Curiosity rover appears to have been positively identified now – it is just a small piece of plastic from the rover itself.

That was the tentative conclusion previously from scientists on the Curiosity team, who temporarily stopped soil sampling activities by the rover to take a closer look. It was necessary to determine whether the material was something that might interfere with that or was something lost from the rover that might cause other problems.

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Paul Scott Anderson is a freelance space writer with a life-long passion for space exploration and astronomy. He started his blog The Meridiani Journal in 2005, which is a chronicle of planetary exploration. He also publishes The Exoplanet Report e-paper. In 2011, he started writing about space on a freelance basis, and now also currently write for AmericaSpace and He has also written for Universe Today and SpaceFlight Insider, has been published in The Mars Quarterly and has done supplementary writing for the well-known iOS app Exoplanet for iPhone and iPad.