(Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS)
The scientists behind NASA’s $2.5 billion Curiosity rover mission on Mars on Tuesday explained the nature of a tiny, gleaming “flower” embedded in Red Planet rock, and revealed where they’ll be using the SUV-sized robot’s drill for the first time.
(Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Ken Kremer / Marco Di Lorenzo)
The cameras on NASA’s Curiosity rover have been clicking away over the holidays — gathering enough pictures for a 360-degree panorama of its rocky surroundings at Yellowknife Bay, plus a close-up view showing a “Martian flower” seemingly sprouting from the surface.
(Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech file)
NASA today announced a $1.5 billion plan to build another Mars rover based on the design of its current Curiosity rover, with the intention of sending it to the Red Planet in 2020 and perhaps storing up samples for later return to Earth.
(Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech)
Although NASA’s Curiosity rover hasn’t yet confirmed the detection of organic compounds on Mars, it’s already seeing that the Red Planet’s soil contains water and more complex chemicals — including signs of an intriguing compound called perchlorate.
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has completed its first soil analysis of the Red Planet with no sign of organic material, the U.S. space agency said on Thursday.
"Rumors and speculation that there are major new findings from the mission at this early stage are incorrect," NASA said in a statement. "At this point, the instruments on the rover have not detected any definitive evidence of Martian organics."
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has some plans this Thanksgiving, and they don’t involve watching football in a food-coma stupor.
"Thanksgiving isn’t so different on Mars. I had a long drive & plan to take photos. No pie, though," the Curiosity team said via the rover’s official Twitter feed, @MarsCuriosity.
(Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Malin Space Science Systems)
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has apparently made a discovery “for the history books,” but we’ll have to wait a few weeks to find out what the new Red Planet find may be, media reports suggest.