Thursday, 16 August, 2018


NASA Curiosity rover analysing Mars rocks again

Kristine Garrett | 08 June, 2018, 19:14

NASA's Curiosity Rover has found some new and exciting information about Mars, and the space agency is announcing that discovery to the world on Thursday.

"This was no small feat". According to NASA, Thursday's debate will take part Michelle Thaler, assistant Director for science communications in the Planetary science division of the Agency.

For instance, the Daily Star has been talking with Dr. Barry DiGregorio, a research fellow at the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom, who is adamant that the Curiosity rover has stumbled upon proof of alien life.

The engineers managed to develop a new drilling method in which the Rover uses as the stop is only a manipulator, clamping the drill to the ground.

The Curiosity Rover launched from Earth in November 2011 and landed on Martian soil on August 6, 2012. FED lets Curiosity drill using the force of its robotic arm to push its drill forward and pull it back as it spins. On May 20, the rover took the first rock sample since October 2016.

"Since Jennifer Eigenbrode and Paul Mahaffy from the NASA Curiosity SAM organics analysis team are involved, it likely means the west chemistry experiment designed by Eigenbrode that is inside SAM have detected complex indigenous amino acids on Mars".

Testing of the brand new drilling process and sample delivery will continue to be refined as Curiosity's engineers study their results from Mars. "We're cautiously optimistic that MarCO-B can follow MarCO-A", said Joel Krajewski of JPL, MarCO's project manager, reports Phys.Org.

After landing in the Gale Crater and exploring the area during the course of its two-year prime mission, it has been climbing and exploring the base of Mount Sharp since September 2014. This allows the rover to trickle in the proper amount of stone powder for the onboard laboratories to perform their investigations.

This week, those rock samples were successfully delivered to and processed by the rover's mineralogy lab. "We're talking about as little as half a baby aspirin worth of sample".

If the stone powder is too small, the lab can't offer accurate diagnoses, and whether the dust is too much, it could overfill the instruments which will clog the parts or contaminate future measurements.

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