NASA Is About to Announce What Curiosity Rover Found after Searching for Signs of Life on Mars
08 June, 2018, 19:00
NASA has said the testing of the new drilling and sample delivery method will continue as the Curiosity team analyzes the results of the lab analysis.
NASA's rover Curiosity has found something on Mars, and the space agency will have a press conference Thursday to reveal something special, it said in a statement on its website.
Ashwin Vasavada, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory project scientist at JPL.
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.
Expect Thursday's announcement at around 2pm.
One of the primary tasks assigned to Curiosity since its touchdown on the Red Planet in 2012 has been to carry out extensive drilling operations with its robotic arm.
Among the researchers invited to share the new Curiosity rover discovery with the public are two scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and two representatives from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
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"This was no small feat". But the resourceful Curiosity team came up with a new way to move the samples - a technique dubbed "feed extended sample transfer", which is more compatible with the FED than the previously used method, CHIMRA (Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis).
Late last month, the rover used it's newly function drill to collect rock samples for the first time in almost two years.
"If they announced that, once that has been satisfied to the general public, people who pay their taxes to send the $2.5billion probe to Mars, they are going to say okay well we discovered life, we don't need to go there anymore".
Visit Space.com Thursday for complete coverage of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity announcement.
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.
So far, results have been promising and mission control has even ordered Curiosity to return to old sites that it visited while the drill was unserviceable.
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