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NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Starts Analyzing Drilled Rocks After Year-Long Break

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Starts Analyzing Drilled Rocks After Year-Long Break”

NASA is promising a "chat" with four officials involved in the project: Paul Mahaffy, a division director at the Goddard Space Flight Center; Jen Eigenbrode, a researcher at the center; Chris Webster, a fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Ashwin Vasavada, a scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory project which oversees Curiosity.

NASA will present its Mars discovery on Thursday, June 7, in a live televised conference.

It is not a shocker that Curiosity has again found something interesting on Mars but the NASA's secrecy about it raised some questions.

However, all the hints indicate towards a correlation between the restart of Curiosity Rover's drilling experiments and this "new science results".

NASA will webcast Thursday's Curiosity Mars rover discussion on its NASA TV channel, as well as Facebook Live, Twitch TV, Ustream, YouTube and Twitter/Periscope.

According to some recent studies, one good place to look for life on Mars would be the rocks on the Red Planet as they might contain evidence of microbial life, as well as the traces of a long-extinct intelligent life on Mars.

At the same time, British journalist and media commentator Nick Pope voiced his opinion on the new MSL discovery on Twitter.

After more than a year, NASA's Curiosity rover has successfully delivered rock powder extracted from the Martian surface to one of its two onboard labs, regaining the critical ability to analyze surface samples on the red planet.

"This was no small feat".

"The scientific team was confident that the engineers contend - are so confident that we went back to the pattern that we missed before". "The gambit paid off, and we now have a key sample we might have never gotten". Surprisingly, we had the opportunity after five years of the mission.

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.

"On Mars we must attempt to estimate visually while that is Functioning, only by taking a look at pictures of just how much wax drops out", explained John Michael Moorokian of JPL, the scientist who headed development of this new sample shipping procedure.



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