My robot friend is still staring, and is making a strange clicking noise now. It's kind of making me nervous. :/
— N165 (@N165Mars) August 19, 2012
Curiosity auf dem Mars macht sich grade bereit, seinen ChemCam-Laser zu testen und zwar an einem Brocken Mars-Gestein, der neben ihm liegt. Der Stein twittert grade seine Laser-Exekution.
A small stone lying just to the side of the vehicle at its landing site on the floor of Gale Crater has been selected as a test target for the ChemCam laser. The brief but powerful burst of light from this instrument will vaporise the surface of the rock, revealing details of its basic chemistry. Dubbed N165, the object is not expected to have any science value, but should show ChemCam is ready for serious work.