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Curiosity team resumes work with 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 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.

A scoopful of Mars helps the science go down. Ready to “rinse & spit” regolith to clean my sampling system:

— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) October 10, 2012

View Photo Gallery: NASA’s Curiosity rover readies itself to examine the Martian sand.

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