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[font=georgia,serif][size=5][b]Curiosity Mars rover finds soil similar to Hawaii's[/b][/size][/font]

[b]Nasa's Curiosity rover has found soil on Mars to be similar to Hawaii's after sifting and scanning its first sample on the Red Planet.[/b]

[font=georgia,serif]The robot's CheMin instrument shook out fine particles of soil and fired X-rays at them to determine their composition.[/font]

[font=georgia,serif]These sandy samples should give clues about Mars' recent geological history.[/font]

[font=georgia,serif]As had been theorised, much of the sample is made of weathered "basaltic" materials of volcanic origin, like that seen on the islands of Hawaii.[/font]

[font=georgia,serif]The sample seems to contain dust carried from afar by Mars' global-scale storms, as well as coarser sand of more local provenance.[/font]

[font=georgia,serif]The

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Did they ever figure out what the "shiny" specks were that were seen in pictures?

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