By The Associated Press - Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 0 Comments
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – NASA scientists say tests on a Mars rock show the planet could have supported primitive life.
The analysis was done by the rover Curiosity, which drilled into the rock, crushed it and tested a tiny sample. The rover was the first spacecraft sent to Mars that could collect a sample from deep inside a rock.
At a briefing at NASA’s Washington headquarters on Tuesday, NASA scientist said the rock contains clay minerals that formed in a watery environment — an environment that may be favourable for microscopic organisms.
Curiosity had already found a hint of the site’s watery past — an ancient streambed that the six-wheel rover crossed to get to the flat bedrock.
The rover made a dramatic landing near the Mars equator last August for a two-year mission.
By The Associated Press - Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 6:40 AM - 0 Comments
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Curiosity drilled into its first Martian rock a month ago….
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Curiosity drilled into its first Martian rock a month ago. Now scientists will reveal what’s inside.
Gathering at NASA headquarters Tuesday, the rover team will detail the minerals and chemicals present in a grey pinch of ground-up rock.
The rock results come seven months after Curiosity made a dramatic landing in an ancient crater near the equator. It has been slow going since then as engineers learn to handle the car-size rover.
Scientists are thrilled with the latest achievement — a first on Mars. It involved boring a hole, scooping the powder and running it through Curiosity’s instruments.
By analyzing the rock’s interior, researchers hope to determine whether the landing spot was habitable. They already have one hint — an ancient streambed that Curiosity crossed to get to the rock.
By macleans.ca - Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 5:15 PM - 0 Comments
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