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February 20, 2011

Advanced NASA Instrument Gets Close-Up on Mars Rocks

A new Mars rover is scheduled to launch in late fall/early winter of 2011 that will further inspect the composition of Mars soil. The rover will test the past and present habitability of the planet using an X-ray detector. It will present the chemical composition of the soil, which can then be compared to previous measurements taken by earlier rovers. Scientists are trying to see how the surface of Mars is weathering. There have been a few upgrades made to the new rover "Curiosity". Now the rover can make measurements during the day with a new cooling system (before it would only take at night so that the measurement components wouldn't over heat) that way more samples can be collected. This mission correlates with our recent section on the formation and chemical composition of terrestrial planets.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110220204711.htm

Posted by emmatula at February 20, 2011 10:39 PM

Comments

I think it will be very interesting to learn more about Mars if the new rover "Curiosity" has a successful mission. It is important that the rover is able to collect more samples than before so that we have more samples to analyze to try to understand the composition of the soil. This new information about the soil we hope to obtain should be able to help us understand more about the terrestrial planets in our solar system.

Posted by: rmousigi at February 21, 2011 09:25 PM

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