Rocks Rich in Silica Present Puzzles for Mars Rover Team

In detective stories, as the plot thickens, an unexpected clue often delivers more questions than answers. In this case, the scene is a mountain on Mars. The clue: the chemical compound silica. Lots of silica. The sleuths: a savvy band of Earthbound researchers whose agent on Mars is NASA’s laser-flashing, one-armed mobile laboratory, Curiosity. This […]

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Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity

Goals: NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission set down a large, mobile laboratory – the rover Curiosity – using precision landing technology that makes many of Mars’ most intriguing regions viable destinations for the first time. During a 23 month prime mission, Curiosity will analyze dozens of samples drilled from rocks or scooped from the ground […]

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