Curiosity will likely traces of acidic water on Mars




The explorer Curiosity recently found probable traces of acidic water on Mars. The robber made the discovery, after the use of a new drilling technique for the collection of soil samples, reports NASA.

The Curiosity took the sample at Mount Sharp, where the probe arrived five months ago. There he crashed into a rock Mojava 2 hot. An initial check indicates that the rock arguably more jarosite in the ground than is elsewhere. Jarosite is a mineral that contains iron sulphate and which arise in acidic environments.

NASA says that the analysis is still in progress and that the final results therefore still be some time in coming. Meanwhile, questions the researchers do wonder how it came jarosite in the ground. Possibly happened in the deposition of sediments. Another possibility is that a liquid, possibly water, the flooded surface. This should be investigated.

It was the first time that Curiosity drilled into the ground with a new method, which uses less energy used and the rock so less damaged. The idea is that more soil samples follow as the rover further drive up Mount Sharp. Curiosity analyzes the powders from rocks with a measuring device on board.

Curiosity landed on Mars in 2012 and includes a mission to discover if life ever existed on the red planet possible. Moreover, the Mars rover measurements must do to prepare for a mission to Mars with people; which must take place somewhere in the next thirty years.

Late last year, took the Curiosity still some evidence that life on Mars was indeed possible in the distant past. The device found organic molecules containing the building blocks of life. NASA did mention that the molecules can point to life, but that also can exist without life ever existed on Mars.


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