"This is based on one rock and one has to be careful to extrapolate," he added, "but it is something that although unusual on Mars, is familiar to us on Earth. We know something about how such magmas are produced."
Here's to you, Curiosity. Bottom's up!
Image: The Jake Matijevic rock, one of the rover Curiosity's first targets of study, has a history that more closely resembles some rocks on Earth than previously studied rocks on Mars. The red dots are where the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam)
instrument zapped it with its laser on Sept. 21 and on Sept. 24. The circular black-and-white images were taken by ChemCam to look for the pits produced by the laser. The purple circles show areas analyzed by the rover's Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer The picture was take by Curiosity's Mast Camera on Sept. 22. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS