Goddard Space Flight Center & Gale Crater

The Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is a major NASA space research laboratory established on May 1, 1959 as NASA's first space flight center. Gale is a crater on Mars near the northwestern part of the Aeolis quadrangle at . It is in diameter and believed to be about 3.5 to 3.8 billion years old. 0.7/5

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Curiosity finds water on Mars Water, like gold, is where you find it and NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has discovered water in the Martian soil in greater quantities than expected. The unmanned explorer’s analysis of the first soil samples taken in Gale Crater indicate that water is present globally and uniformly in the Martian topsoil, and isn't found just at the polar ice caps. However much water may have been on Mars in its distant past, today it is a desiccated planet where one of the major objectives in the search for life is finding places outside of the polar ice caps and closer to the relatively warm equator where water may still exist. According to the findings, which NASA published in a series of five papers in Science, Curiosity discovered water in the Martian topsoil in quantities of 1.5 to 3 percent by weight. However, this is not free water soaked into the soil, but water that is locked inside mineral compounds. The soil involved is the sand and dust that is found all over Mars thanks to m ...
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has discovered water during its first sample analysis of the Red planet's surface. The first scoop of soil analysed by Curiosity in its laboratory revealed that fine materials on the surface of the planet contain several per cent water by weight. The sample also released significant carbon dioxide, oxygen and sulphur compounds when heated, NASA said. "One of the most exciting results from this very first solid sample ingested by Curiosity is the high percentage of water in the soil," said Laurie Leshin, dean of the School Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. "About 2 per cent of the soil on the surface of Mars is made up of water, which is a great resource, and interesting scientifically," said Leshin. Curiosity landed in Gale Crater on the surface of Mars on August 6, 2012, charged with answering the question: "Could Mars have once harboured life?" To do that, Curiosity is the first rover on Mars to carry equipment for gathering and processing samples of rock and soil. ...
Curiosity Finds “Surprising” Amounts Of Water, Perchlorate On Mars. The Christian Science Monitor (9/27, Spotts) reports on five new papers about what the Curiosity rover found during its first 100 days on Mars. It found that liquid water was present in Gale Crater, answering the “overarching question” of whether Mars was habitable at one period in time. The rover also discovered a type of rock that has “never been seen before on Mars.” However, the rover did discover perchlorate salts that would destroy the organic compounds researchers hoped to find in the soil. Daniel Galvin of the Goddard Space Flight Center said, “The presence of perchlorates isn’t good news for some of the techniques we’re currently using with Curiosity. ... This may change the way we search for organics in the future on Mars.” BBC News (9/27, Amos) notes there was a “surprising amount of water” found in the soil: “2% by weight of water.” Laurie Leshin of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute said this amount ...
NASA ROVER FINDS NO METHANE IN MARS AIR NASA has been looking into whether life of any sort is possible on Mars. It deployed the Curiosity rover to see whether it could detect any signs of methane in the atmosphere of Mars. Were methane found, it would make it more possible that microbes capable of producing the gas could be living below the planet's surface. However, no such gas was found by the rover. The car-sized rover landed in Gale Crater last year. It has spent the year taking in Mars air and scanning it with a laser. Though Curiosity lacks the tools to directly hunt for simple life, scientists hoped that it would inhale methane after orbiting spacecraft and Earth-based telescopes detected plumes of the gas several years ago. “If you had microbial life somewhere on Mars that was really healthy and cranking away, you might see some of the signatures of that in the atmosphere,” said mission scientist Paul Mahaffy of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. However, scientists never saw it. Christoph ...
NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity: Historic Landing ... NASA's Mars Mission: Weather on Mars looks great for huge rover landing tonight at Gale Crater on Mars: NASA's one-... The earth outside, the air does not exist, gravity, is not. This is a fantasy, I made. It is a thing, parachute, and think, the acceleration, the fall in the, can not be calculated. Of imagination, it is a thing
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