Mars Rover Zaps Rock with Laser

The Mars rover called Curiosity has successfully vaporized the outer layer of a rock on Mars for spectroscopic examination. This was one of the key tests of the Rover. The Chemistry and Camera instrument, aka “ChemCam”, hit the targeted rock called “Coronation,” with 30 pulses of laser light over a 10 second period said a NASA update. Each pulse lasted about five one-billionths of a second. Wow, pretty amazing!

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