Friday, September 9, 2016

NASA's Curiosity rover finds evidence of water, at least in the past, on Mars

Plus, it's just cool to be able to see the ground in such detail on another planet.

 These pictures represent an inspection of light-toned veins with Curiosity's laser-pulsing Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument, which found elevated levels of calcium, sulfur and hydrogen.
"These veins are likely composed of hydrated calcium sulfate, such as bassanite or gypsum," said ChemCam team member Nicolas Mangold of the Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique de Nantes in France. "On Earth, forming veins like these requires water circulating in fractures."


  1. There is still water on Mars but not on the ground. The Mars 2020 rover has a ground penetrating radar built in Norway (and I'm working with that through one of my clients) that should help identify aquifer. It is powerful, relatively light and uses very little power.

  2. Of course there's water on Mars.

    What do you think the Martians drink, marstinis?