NASA to Hold a Briefing on Curiosity’s Analysis of Rock Powder from Mars

NASA to Hold a Briefing on the Analysis of Rock from Mars

This artist’s concept features NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars’ past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA has announced that they will hold a briefing to discuss the Curiosity rover’s analysis of the first sample of rock powder ever collected on Mars.

NASA will hold the news conference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT), Tuesday, March 12.

The briefing, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s website.

The participants will be:

  • Michael Meyer, lead scientist, Mars Exploration Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • John Grotzinger, Curiosity project scientist, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
  • David Blake, principal investigator for Curiosity’s Chemistry and Mineralogy investigation, NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California
  • Paul Mahaffy, principal investigator for Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars investigation, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

During a two-year prime mission, researchers are using Curiosity’s 10 science instruments to assess whether the Gale Crater area on Mars ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life.

For NASA TV streaming video, scheduling and downlink information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv .The event will also be streamed live on Ustream at: http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl.

More information about Curiosity is online at: http://www.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/.

Source: DC Agle, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; NASA

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

1 Comment on "NASA to Hold a Briefing on Curiosity’s Analysis of Rock Powder from Mars"

  1. a o connell | June 9, 2013 at 4:05 am | Reply

    i fail to understand why no details off second drilling were not revealed.

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