Nov 22 (TruthDive): NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has reportedly made a major discovery on the Red Planet, Mars – but scientists are keeping quiet about what it is.
John Grotzinger, chief scientist told that the Curiosity Mars rover had found something that “is gonna be one for the history books,” and most of the speculations are centered around the possibility that the surface probe has discovered evidence of organic life on the Red Planet.
Dr. Grotzinger said that Curiosity has uncovered exciting new results from a sample of Martian soil recently scooped up and placed in the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument. He is excited, but wants to make sure the results are valid before announcing them.
Right now, researchers who are in the process of verification said some data could be exciting and they want to make sure they aren’t deceiving themselves into thinking they’ve spotted something that isn’t really there.
SAM instrument measures the chemistry of the Martian soil and the composition of its atmosphere. SAM can also measure the isotopes of any organic molecules including carbon, which can help to determine their origin.
One of the first things Curiosity is looking for in these early stages of the mission — and will continue looking for throughout — is methane, a powerful marker of biology on Earth and likely on Mars too, assuming life exists there.
Meanwhile, the instrument that detects radiation on Mars recently presented data suggesting it would be possible for an astronaut to live on Mars, for a limited period of time, without being burnt to a crisp or getting severely ill from radiation poisoning.
The $2.5 billion Curiosity rover landed inside Mars’ huge Gale Crater on Aug. 5, kicking off a two-year mission to determine if Mars has ever been capable of supporting microbial life. The rover will soon try out its rock-boring drill for the first time on the Red Planet, scientists have said.