Mission Mars is on and the laser gun fitted in Curiosity rover carried out target practice for 10-seconds on a fist-sized Martian rock.
This has been reported in guardian.com of dated 20th of August 2012.
Mission control of NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Los Angeles has confirmed that the robotic science lab Curiosity aimed its laser beam at a Martian fist-sized rock and zapped it with 30 pulses over a 10 second period.
The laser gun has been designed to analyze the mineral content of Mars and scientists have said that experiment was a success.
The elaborate system meant to analyze the nature, identity of the minerals has been named the ChemCam or chemistry-and-camera instrument.
The main objective of the 2-year mission of Curiosity is to determine whether the Red planet Mars could have ever hosted microbial life.
It had landed at the Equatorial region of Mars on 6th of August 2012 after an 8-month, 354-million miles journey trough Space.
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