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What a decade of Curiosity has taught us about life on Mars

What a decade of Curiosity has taught us about life on Mars

A self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on Vera Rubin Ridge. AP hide caption toggle caption AP A self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on Vera Rubin Ridge. AP Ten years ago, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab celebrated the successful landing of its fourth robot on Mars, The Curiosity rover. Now old enough to …

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The Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars for 10 years. Here’s what we’ve learned.

NASA’s Curiosity rover has hit a major milestone: the robot is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its landing on Mars on Aug. 5, 2012. Over the decade, the rover has greatly advanced our understanding of the Red Planet through its exploration and research. Curiosity‘s primary mission objective was to determine whether or not Mars was …

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Explosive volcanism on Mars deposited rare mineral in Curiosity rover’s crater home

The mysterious discovery of a concentrated chunk of rare mineral quartz in the Gale Crater region of Mars by the Curiosity rover in 2016 has finally been explained by researchers.  A team of planetary scientists from Rice University, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) believe that the concentrated chunk of …

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Measures Key Life Ingredient on Mars for First Time

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Measures Key Life Ingredient on Mars for First Time

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used its Mast Camera, or Mastcam, to capture this area at the edge of a location nicknamed “Yellowknife Bay.” Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Newly published research quantifies the presence of organic carbon in Martian rocks. For the first time, scientists using data from Mars meteorites.” Organic carbon is carbon that is bound to …

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Rock samples from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover contain key ingredient of life

Rock samples from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover contain key ingredient of life

Martian rock samples collected by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover show signs of key ingredients for life as we know it on Earth.  The venerable Curiosity Rover drilled samples from Gale crater, the site of an ancient lake on Mars. Using these samples, scientists were able, for the first time, to measure the total amount of …

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Curiosity captures stunning views of a changing Mars landscape

Curiosity captures stunning views of a changing Mars landscape

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover captured this view of layered, flaky rocks believed to have formed in an ancient streambed or small pond. The six images that make up this mosaic were captured using Curiosity’s Mast Camera, or Mastcam, on June 2, 2022, the 3,492nd Martian day, or sol, of the mission. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS For the …

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