Monday, March 18, 2013

Mar 17th LPSC Mars Curiosity Briefing

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Some of the MSL investigators gave a news briefing at Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2013 this Sunday. The main topics were the use of Curiosity's  mastcam to select targets for further investigation. The camera filters allowed the creation of a 12 point spectrum of the scene imaged and the location of hydrated points within an image. The water present is located in the veins in the mudrock and appears to be hydrated calcium sulfate. It is thought to be a remnant of a wetter period in Mars' past. The DAN neutron spectrometer also showed the presence of subsurface water.

press release with conference images

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