Damn Flying Monkeys! – Our Man On Mars Update

Shiny Object on ground near Curiosity

Is that a Buffalo Nickel?

While it is unlikely that alien flying monkeys such as those horrible creatures that humiliated our Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz are responsible, it seems Curiosity may have lost a bit of itself, or dropped a contact lens, or he has a screw loose.  NASA doesn’t know, yet.

Reports indicate NASA’s unmanned Mars rover Curiosity took a pause in its activities after spotting a bright object. As yet unidentified, it was spotted while Curiosity was collecting its first soil samples.

Fearing that the object might be a part of Curiosity itself that fell off, mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California has suspended Curiosity’s exploration until the object is identified.

Curiosity lost a nail, or screw, or contact lens.

“Pull yourself together, man.”

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