Just over three months into its 2-year mission, NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity has apparently made a discovery “for the history books,” but it sadly looks like we’ll be waiting a few weeks to find out what exactly that discovery is.
According to NPR, the discovery was made when Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument, which is essentially the rover’s onboard chemistry lab, spotted something in a recent soil sample. The device is capable of identifying organic compounds, the building blocks of life.
“This data is gonna be one for the history books,” Curiosity chief scientist John Grotzinger, of Caltech in Pasadena, told NPR. “It’s looking really good.”
If I were going to guess, I’d say that the SAM instrument found exactly what it was looking for – organic compounds. However, the Curiosity research team will not be revealing details on the find until they have had time to thoroughly review the information gathered.
According to Space.com, Grotzinger has confirmed that the news will be revealed during the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, which kicks off December 3rd in San Francisco.
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[Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems]