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DPS conference full of curiosities, and might Curiosity be able to investigate Martian water sites?

1 Oct 2015, 20:32 UTC
DPS conference full of curiosities, and might Curiosity be able to investigate Martian water sites?
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Possible water flows near Curiosity rover?The Curiosity Mars rover might be able to eye ball some of the RSL (recurring slope linea) that recent findings point to being made by flowing water. Possible RSL have been seen (link here) in Gale crater  although at a location some 50km from Curiosity's current position. An extreme drive to get a visual of the slopes where the RSL's might be isn't totally impossible - the older Opportunity rover has covered nearly that distance. However a more likely scenario would be if signs of RSL's were found nearer to Curiosity's current position. That's not totally impossible as Curiosity has already seen signs of brines forming in the soil (link here) where it is .Five possible new low-budget missions competing for  NASA fundingNASA's Discovery class missions are relatively low budget probes that explore interesting but less studied destinations, test new technologies, or some comination of the two. The potetial missions are chosen from a pool of proposals via competitive examination, and NAsA has whittled its current pool down to five, with the final selection being made next year. The current contenders are:VERITAS, an orbiter mission to VenusDAVINCI would dive into the Venusuan atmosphereNEOcam, a space ...

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