Curiosity's self portrait by Rocknest. Source
After a three day break in honor of the holidays, I decided to start back up my posts with some news about Curiosity, the enterprising rover exploring the alien surface of Mars.
This picture was taken by Curiosity near a place called Rocknest. To the left you can see a patch of unusually smooth soil. Curiosity took a few samples of this soil and has detected a few traces of carbon with unknown origins. It's possible that this carbon is a contaminant from Earth, but there's a chance that it originated on Mars. That's exciting.