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  1. #1 Wow!!! (Curiosity).. 
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    "The mission's Chemistry and Camera instrument, or ChemCam, hit the fist-sized rock with 30 pulses of its laser during a 10-second period. Each pulse delivers more than a million watts of power for about five one-billionths of a second.

    The energy from the laser excites atoms in the rock into an ionized, glowing plasma. ChemCam catches the light from that spark with a telescope and analyzes it with three spectrometers for information about what elements are in the target."

    30 years ago, you'd be reading this in a sci fi novel !!!!

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    Good catch imamartian, but the topic already seems to be underway over here: Curiosity Rover landing at the weekend

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