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Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 10/10/2012

Curiosity team back to work on first scoop of Mars dirt

The ground from which the first scoop of soil on Mars was taken is shown here. The image was taken by the Mars rover Curiosity's right MastCam. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS )
The bright object seen near the Mars rover Curiosity failed to derail plans for the initial scoop of Martian soil. The team operating the rover decided Tuesday to go ahead with sieving the sample and cleaning the rover’s internal instruments.

The nearby object is, according to NASA, likely to be a piece of plastic material that may have been wrapped around a wire. The piece is suspected to have fallen onto the rover during its descent in August.

Wednesday’s activities consisted primarily of continuing to monitor to the surrounding environment. A press conference is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

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