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Image of the Day: Curiosity Yields First Mars Soil Sample --Will It Reveal Signs of Past Life?

 

 

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Curiosity rover delivered its first powdered sample of Mars soil Drilled out of the Martian rock a couple of weeks ago. NASA scientists are now waiting for the rover to digest the sample, analyse it using its onboard chemistry-science lab and beam back the results. The sample will give NASA researchers a view into Mars's past, free from the chemical weathering of the planet's surface. The grey powder in Curiosity's scoop is strikingly different from the rust-coloured soil we associate with the Red Planet. The big question is will the sample yieldfor signs that Mars has ever been capable of supporting life.

Image/Video credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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The big question is will the sample yieldfor signs that Mars has ever been capable of supporting life.

The big question is will the sample yieldfor signs that Mars has ever been capable of supporting life.

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