Monday, December 9, 2013

Curiosity's Latest News From Mars

Hey Space Placers!


Online video of today's Curiosity AGU teleconference

NASA's Curiosity rover has been busy on Mars. Latest from  American Geophysical Union (AGU)  Conference being held this week in San Francisco.

NASA Curiosity: First Mars Age Measurement and Human Exploration Help

Yellowknife Bay as Seen by Curiosity
The article highlights:

Not only has Curiosity accomplished its primary goal of finding evidence for an ancient environment that could have supported life, but it also has provided evidence habitable conditions existed more recently than expected and likely persisted for millions of years. 

Additional new results from Curiosity are providing the first readings of radiation hazards at Mars' surface, which will aid planning of human missions to Mars. Other findings will guide the search for evidence of life on Mars by improving insight about how erosion may expose buried clues of molecular building blocks of life.

The radiation findings are significant in that it gives NASA its first solid data on predicted astronaut exposure on a Mars mission.

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