Curiosity Discover Mineral On Mars

Astronomy Science ~ The first samples were collected by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity in the foothills of Mount Sharp has revealed the pr...

Astronomy Science ~ The first samples were collected by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity in the foothills of Mount Sharp has revealed the presence of a mineral that was first discovered by the spacecraft orbiter around the Red Planet.

It is the first time the rover's sample has been matched by observations minerals from space, NASA officials said.

The discovery came when combing Curiosity base of Mount Sharp, dubbed Pahrump Hills. From the beginning, this is an indication of the researchers that in these places there are minerals. The content is perceived by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter satellite (MRO), which still belongs to NASA, in 2010.

MRO observations have helped the direction to go by Curiosity in observing the mineral resources in question and map out the route.

After finding the suspected point, Curiosity perform drilling result is a high concentration of hematite iron.

Unknown, hematite is a mineral form that has several different colors like black, gray silver or steel, brown with red. Hematite is usually used for making iron. "It connects us with the identification of minerals from orbit (MRO) to assist in the investigation when through the area," said Curiosity Project scientist, John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology.

This image shows the first hole drilled by the NASA Mars rover Curiosity at the base of Mount Sharp. Curiosity drilled into outcrop dubbed Pahrump Hills at the end of September 2014.
Drilling is carried out by space vehicles is not the first, but the fourth, after they did three drilling in the area called Yellowknife Bay while going towards Mount Sharp.

Curiosity is a NASA exploration missions at a cost of US $ 2.5 billion it landed on Mars in August 2012. However, the new vehicle is in the area of ​​Mount Sharp in September.

"Analysis such as this will help us in the observations wider geological history to dig up data on Mars," said Grotzinger.

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