Curiosity Finds Dust on Mars Similar to Hawaii

Rover Curiosity has found some similarities between the Martian dust it has been collecting and weathered basaltic soils of volcanic origin in Hawaii. “We had many previous inferences and discussions about the mineralogy of Martian soil,” said David Blake of NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., who is the principal investigator for CheMin. “Our quantitative results provide refined and in some cases new identifications of the minerals in this first X-ray diffraction analysis on Mars.” “Our team is elated with these first results from our instrument,” said Blake. “They heighten our anticipation for future CheMin analyses in the months and miles ahead for Curiosity.” – JPL

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