This Week on Mars: Soil Samplin'

Mars rover does some chemical analysis of rocks and soil; no gold yet

In its weekly Mars Curiosity Rover report, we get a look at what's going on over on Mars.


This week, we get a discussion of the CheMin tool and some of the analysis of soil samples that the rover has acquired. After running the analysis, it was discovered that the sample consisted of plagioclase feldspar, pyroxene and olivine minerals. This should excite my uncle, who has a PhD in geology.

It's also cool to see that the technology used on Mars has applications here on Earth. Yay science!

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