1:03pm

Fri October 12, 2012
Space

Curiosity Rover Gets the 'Scoop' on Mars

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 1:45 pm

Curiosity scooped its first sample of Martian soil on Oct. 7, but activities were halted after a small, bright object — which NASA now says is likely a piece of plastic from the rover — was spotted on the ground. Mike Watkins, Curiosity's mission manager, provides an update.