Organic Compounds On Mars Are Hard To Find Due to Radiation

Having no ionosphere, Mars is under constant radiation exposure. The galactic radiation as well as the solar wind deliver more than 200 uGy/day at the surface level, enough radiation to breakdown organic compounds into simpler reactants that would interact to produce minerals. This is the most likely reason for the difficulty of finding organic compounds [...]

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AGU FALL MEETING 2013 San Francisco 9-13 December

American Geophysical Union’s 46th annual Fall Meeting is taking place this week at the Moscone Center In San Francisco. More than 22,000 Earth and space scientists, educators, students and other leaders are gathering to present groundbreaking research and to connect with colleagues. Besides the oral sessions, the AGU Exhibit Hall at the Moscone South is [...]

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European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013 Vienna 07 – 12 April 2013

Mars exploration is featured at the EGU General Assembly in Vienna through updates and presentations of the progress made by Curiosity at Gale Crater: Monday, 08 April 2013 Press Conference 1 Latest results from the Curiosity Mars Rover 11:00–12:00 / Press Centre US2 Curiosity on Mars: first results – Part I 13:30–15:00 / Room Y1 [...]

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March 12, 2013: Curiosity Finds Conditions That Could Have Supported Life on Mars

PASADENA, Calif. — An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon — some of the key chemical ingredients for life — in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream [...]

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February 20, 2013: Curiosity Confirms First Drilled Rock Sample on Mars

PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another planet. No rover has ever drilled into a rock beyond Earth and collected a sample from its interior. Transfer of the powdered-rock sample into an [...]

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AGU Fall Meeting 2012: CURIOSITY UPDATE Press Conference

Curiosity update December 3, 2012 Webstreaming is available at NASA’s U-Stream site http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl

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AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco Opens With Educational Activities for Kids

American Geophysical Society Fall Meeting 2012 in San Francisco Sunday December 2, 2012 Lecture: 12:00pm-1:00pm     Room 102  Michael Meyer, John Grotzinger, Rebecca Williams Exploration Station: 1:00pm-5:00pm  Rooms 103-104 Book Readings: 1:30pm-2:15pm and 3:30pm-4:15pm  Room 102 Catherine Morley The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is committed to communicating scientific information to the public and highlighting the value [...]

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Radiation Levels On Mars Are Weather Dependent

November 15, 2012 While Curiosity science lab rover is wrapping up the soil analysis at Rocknest on Mars, using the on-board sample analysis suite SAM, a trove of environmental data is received from the Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) and from the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS). RAD and REMS provide a spectacular correlation between the [...]

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Curiosity Has Landed

CURIOSITY HAS LANDED by Radu H. Iacob Over 3500 participants at NASA’s AMES Research Center event cheered Curiosity’s approach, descent and landing on Mars. The complex landing procedure was completed flawlessly both by Curiosity and by the amazing team at JPL. Congratulations and Happy Exploration on Mars! Watching Curiosity's Landing on MARS at AMES Research [...]

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