This penny was photographed on Mars, no joke. This is a NASA photo taken on Mars. True strange stuff.
NASA’s Curiosity rover is a powerful machine with some impressive capabilities when it comes to analyzing material samples, drilling into Martian rocks, and snapping images of the planet’s surface. Despite all that, an incredibly low-tech feature on the rover is helping NASA understand Mars’ seasons and, in particular, how hard the wind blows.
The planet-wide dust storm that dominated Mars this year caked everything in a layer of dust, but it was followed by the planet’s windiest season. Now, new images from Curiosity’s calibration test show just how hard that wind is blowing, and it’s all thanks to a coin that’s over 100 years old.