Chemistry On Mars!
The Curiosity Rover’s Mission to Uncover Martian Habitability
Bytesize Science took a visit to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories to find out more about the Curiosity Rover’s mission to explore habitability (the ability for Mars to have supported life in the past) using an advanced onboard science lab.
Curiosity will use internal and external equipment from x-ray diffraction to laser spectrometry (shot from its “eye”!!) to do the same advanced chemical analysis that we can do here on Earth … only on Mars. This is the most advanced rover ever deployed, and should really be called a mobile laboratory.
I guess that is probably why the project is called “Mars Science Laboratory” … anyway …
As it roams Gale Crater, drilling its own samples and sending the mineral analysis back to Earth, NASA hopes to draw a timeline of early Martian geology. This way, we can see if the planet ever had conditions more supportive of life in the past.
SIX DAYS UNTIL LANDING, PEOPLE. SIX DAYS.
One of the main culprits in global warming is carbon dioxide. There’s too much of it. It’s churned out by cars and cities and planes and boats by the boatload, all at the same time that we’re removing the trees that would gladly take it. So the solution it seems is to simply remove excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Magic.