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Mars Soil Similar To Volcanic Sand On Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, NASA Curiosity Rover Finds

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 1, 2012

PASADENA, Calif. — Scientists say the Martian soil at the rover Curiosity’s landing site contains minerals similar to what’s found on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano.

The finding released Tuesday is the latest step in trying to better understand whether the environment could have been hospitable to microbial life.

Curiosity recently ingested its first soil sample and used one of its instruments to tease out the minerals present. An analysis revealed it contained feldspar and olivine, minerals typically associated with volcanic eruptions. Mission scientists say the Martian soil is similar to volcanic soil on the flanks of Mauna Kea.

Curiosity landed near the Martian equator in August on a two-year mission. It’ll be another month before it drills into its first rock. Then it’s expected to head toward a mountain by year’s end. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mars Rock: Curiosity Rover To Examine Pyramid-Shaped Boulder, NASA Says

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 24, 2012

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Mars Rock

Curiosity’s robotic arm is set to get its first workout. It’s been tasked with examining a football-sized rock whose odd pyramidal shape caught the eyes of NASA scientists–and fueled the imagination of earthlings everywhere who are perhaps a tad too eager for the rover to find evidence of intelligent life on the Red Planet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mars Rover Landing: Curiosity Lands Early Monday Morning (RECAP)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 7, 2012

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has touched down on the surface of the Red Planet, completing a 354-million-mile journey, and marking the beginning of a new era in planetary exploration.

President Obama released the following statement immediately after the landing: Read the rest of this entry »

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