News from Curiosity: Discovery “for the history books”?

Still waiting….

Spherical Chickens in a Vacuum

Scientists working on NASA’s rover on Mars have some exciting new results from one of the rover’s instruments. NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has apparently made a discovery “for the history books,” as said John Grotzinger, who is chief scientist of Caltech in Pasadena.  However, we’ll have to wait for some time to find out what the find may be; Grotzinger said the rover team won’t be ready to announce just what SAM found for several weeks yet. The scientists want to check and double-check the results, to make sure they’re for real.

The discovery was made by Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars instrument. SAM is the Curiosity’s onboard chemistry lab capable of identifying organic compounds — containing building blocks of carbon-based life.

In addition to analysing samples of soil, SAM also takes the measure of Martian air. Many scientists are curious if Curiosity detects any methane, possible sign of…

View original post 59 more words

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s