NASA’s Curiosity Takes Inventory of Key Life Ingredient on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity Takes Inventory of Key Life Ingredient on Mars

Newly published research quantifies the presence of organic carbon in Martian rocks. Scientists using data from NASA’s Curiosity rover measured the total organic carbon – a key component in the molecules of life – in Martian rocks for the first time. “Total organic carbon is one of several measurements [or indices] that help us understand how much […]

NASA’s Curiosity Captures Stunning Views of a Changing Mars Landscape

NASA’s Curiosity Captures Stunning Views of a Changing Mars Landscape

Striking rock formations documented by the rover provide evidence of a drying climate in the Red Planet’s ancient past. For the past year, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has been traveling through a transition zone from a clay-rich region to one filled with a salty mineral called sulfate. While the science team targeted the clay-rich region […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Reroutes Away From ‘Gator-Back’ Rocks

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Reroutes Away From ‘Gator-Back’ Rocks

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used its Mast Camera, or Mastcam, to take this 360-degree panorama on March 23, 2022, the 3,423th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. The team has informally described the wind-sharpened rocks seen here as “gator-back” rocks because of their scaly appearance. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS To avoid patches of knife-edged rocks, the […]