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Mars rover Curiosity has rolled up to Rocknest and is getting ready to scoop its first soil sample, which is key to figuring out if microbial life ever existed on the Red Planet. Rocknest, site of Curiosity's first soil sample Rocknest, site of Curiosity's first soil sample. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS The rover is going …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    7cm long?

    Now that's just bragging!

    1. LarsG
      Meh

      Fossilised

      Martian Turd.

  2. CCCP
    Joke

    Proof of aliens right there

    The aliens on Mars are massive - look at the size of that footprint in the second photo!

    You can see the heel and the arch of the foot clearly. They also appear to use footwear well adapted to Martian soil. As you would expect.

    Time to turn Curiosity around and run (well crawl)... Or use the laser in anger...

  3. Graham Marsden
    Happy

    "Curiosity has...

    "...already used one of its wheels to scuff the Martian surface"

    Nah, someone at NASA just wanted to do the first interplanetary burn-out!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "Curiosity has...

      Beaten by the Spirit team surely? Attempting a burnout on loose soil under low gravity and low pressure was probably not the wisest of moves.

      (Joke, obviously.)

  4. David Pickering
    Alien

    rocknest monstaah!

  5. Meltdown

    Wow! just think of the news headlines after the experiment.."Curiosity...has soiled itself"

    ...a Universe first.

  6. Tony Reeves 1
    Holmes

    Prediction

    I predict that they will find rubber molecules in the test sample, indicating the passage of Martians on rubber tired vehicles in the past.....

  7. John 62
    Alert

    Halo

    I have the image of a USNC Warthog hooning around

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