Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Mars Curiosity has made an exciting discovery. The exciting results are coming from an instrument in the rover called SAM.
But we will need to wait until December.
John Grotzinger, principal investigator for the rover mission told NPR last week at his NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA:
“We’re getting data from SAM as we sit here and speak, and the data looks really interesting. The science team is busily chewing away on it as it comes down. This data is gonna be one for the history books. It’s looking really good.”
Grotzinger says it will take several more weeks before he and his team are ready to talk about their latest finding.
Will the December NASA announcement be methane, thought to indicate life, fossils or, something else? We will have to wait a few more weeks to know the answer.