Mars Curiosity's Labs Are Back In Action

Christopher Davidson
June 8, 2018

However, what is known for sure is that NASA will not disclose anything until the so-called "Live Discussion on New Mars Science Results" which will take place on June 7th, at 2 PM EDT.

NASA's Curiosity Rover has found some new and exciting information about Mars, and the space agency is announcing that discovery to the world on Thursday. Usually, NASA posts the results of the new experiments and new findings on its site or on its social networks but it's calling for press conferences only when it has something big to share.

The Curiosity mission is part of the Mars Science Laboratory mission.

NASA will broadcast the news on Mars Curiosity rover on their channel - NASA TV channel, or you can also watch it on Facebook Live, Twitch TV, Ustream, Youtube, and Twitter.

For the unknown, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has been exploring the Red Planet since it landed in August 2012 and the rover had just begun drilling into the planet's surface for the first time in the last 18 months.

The Mars Science Laboratory mission sent Curiosity rover to explore Mars in 2011. After two years, the team made the rover use one of its robotic arms to drill into a hole. This is "feed extended sample transfer", where CHIMRA is bypassed and the drill is suspended over the inlet to the laboratory to allow the sample to trickle down for later delivery to the analysis section.

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"This was no small feat".

Late last month, the rover used it's newly function drill to collect rock samples for the first time in almost two years.

"We're cautiously optimistic that MarCO-B can follow MarCO-A", said Joel Krajewski of JPL, MarCO's project manager.

"The science team was convinced that the engineers could deliver-so Convinced we drove back into some website that we overlooked drilling ahead. The gambit paid off, and we now have a key sample we might have never gotten", Vasavada said. Surprisingly, we had the opportunity after five years of the mission.

The scientist said he believes NASA's potential discoveries on Mars point towards a planet once teeming with alien life. "It means we can resume studying Mount Sharp, which Curiosity is climbing, with our full range of scientific tools".

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