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Curiosity's First Soil Studies Help Fingerprint Martian Minerals

31 Oct 2012, 06:57 UTC
Curiosity's First Soil Studies Help Fingerprint Martian Minerals
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Source: NASA Press Release: 12-383 Graphic of the first analysis of Martian soil that reveals the presence of crystalline feldspar, pyroxenes and olivine mixed with some amorphous (non-crystalline) material. The soil sample, taken from within Gale Crater, where the rover landed, is similar to volcanic soils in Hawaii. Image credits:NASA/JPL-Caltech/Ames NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has [...]

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