On Mars, as on Earth, sometimes things can take on an unusual appearance. A case in point is a shiny-looking rock seen in a recent image from NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover. Join us live, online tomorrow, February 20, 2013, at 4:00p.m. PST to learn about Curiosity’s latest findings.
First NASA analysis of soil samples from Mars Curiosity mission released this week! Hear from our Senior Scientist, Dr. Paul Doherty, who reports from the American Geological Union (AGU) conference in San Francisco to learn what they’ve found.
Sol 21 on Mars, new images from Curiosity. beautiful landscape shot!
in this image from the Mast Cam, of the base of Mt. Sharp, you can see the landscape of Mars, and the inset picture-in-picture shows a black dot, which is a rock that is similar in size to the Curiosity rover.
today, the ChemCam on Curioisity fires it’s laser for the first time at a rock!
“Today, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity fired its laser for the first time on Mars, using the beam from a science instrument to interrogate a fist-size rock called “Coronation.”
The mission’s Chemistry and Camera instrument, or ChemCam, hit the fist-sized rock with 30 pulses of its laser during a 10-second period. Each pulse delivers more than a million watts of power for about five one-billionths of a second.
The energy from the laser excites atoms in the rock into an ionized, glowing plasma. ChemCam catches the light from that spark with a telescope and analyzes it with three spectrometers for information about what elements are in the target.”