Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

What has NASA’s Curiosity found on Mars?


The US Space Agency only shared the fact that Curiosity Rover made a finding which led to "new science results" which will be discussed during a press conference, as NASA itself said.

The mini testing labs built into the core of NASA's Curiosity rover are back up and running, testing rock samples collected by its newly functional drill.

What we do know is that it's bound to be some super-exciting science, with a number of big NASA researchers taking part in the discussion - including people who directly work with the samples Curiosity has been diligently gathering on Mars. The rover recently began drilling into the Martian surface for the first time in 18 months.

NASA will broadcast the news on Mars Curiosity rover on their channel - NASA TV channel, or you can also watch it on Facebook Live, Twitch TV, Ustream, Youtube, and Twitter.

Curiosity was sent to the Red Planet in August 2012 to study its climate and geology as well as investigate whether the planet could sustain life or has liquid water. "The media advisory on Thursday's press conference on "new science results" from Curiosity rover states that results are embargoed by Science Magazine - and Eigenbrode's bio is suggestive".

The pair of CubeSats that make up the Mars Cube One (MarCO) mission both launched on May 5th, along with the InSight lander, which is headed toward a November 26th touchdown on the Red Planet.


"This was no small feat".

Curiosity drilled its last scheduled rock sample in October 2016.

The sample transfer technique enables Curiosity to place its drill over two small inlets in addition to the rover's deck. "It represents months and months of work by our team to pull this off", said Jim Erickson, MSL project manager.

Ashwin Vasavada, a geophysicist at Mars Science Laboratory, JPL.

After landing in the Gale Crater and exploring the area during the course of its two-year prime mission, it has been climbing and exploring the base of Mount Sharp since September 2014.

Using a duplicate rover at JPL, engineers studied the problem and came up with an alternative drilling method called "feed extended drilling", which was used for the first time on May 20 of this year.

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