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Curiosity rover photographs a 1909 Penny on Mars!

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.

Photos: Mars rover Curiosity – BGR.com.

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Joe
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Joe

Well OK, still wondering why they used a _1909_ penny and not just some brand new 21st-century one. The older… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

Wow, they’re so common and worthless that even Mars is covered in them! I mean, otherwise, the odds of a… Read more »

Fred Killer
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There was me thinking that it was left there by one of those off planet types that Gary McKinnon found… Read more »

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Why did NASA use such an old penny, over 100 years old?

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