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Scientist Explains the Weird Shiny Thing on Mars. It's a completely natural formation. Sletten, from the University of Washington, explained that, not surprisingly, it is actually a part of the rock that is different — harder and more resistant to erosion — than the rest of the rock it’s embedded in.

September 2013 shot from the Curiosity rover showing the foothills of Mt. Sharp on Mars. These layers hold the history of the planet like the pages of a book.

Curiosity finds Mars crust that reveals red planet is more like Earth

A home from home: Curiosity finds Martian crust that reveals red planet is far more like Earth than thought | Daily Mail Online

A Surprisingly Beautiful Photo of Mars at Night, Courtesy of NASA's Curiosity Rover

BEAUTIFUL MARS Images and posts from HiRISE, the high resolution camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. uahirise.org Fresh Small Rayed Crater: Fresh is a relative term, because this impact could have occurred millennia ago, but what helps determine a young from an older crater is looking at the rim: find out more info here ....

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover found evidence for ancient, water-transported sediment on Mars at a few sites, including the rock outcrop pictured here, named "Hottah." Rounded pebbles within this sedimentary conglomerate indicate sustained abrasion of rock fragments within water flows that crossed Gale Crater.

NASA's Curiosity rover has recently made a surprising find on Mars that could help scientists get one step closer to figuring out if the Red Planet has ever supported life.