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.