Did Scientists Find a Surprise on Mars?

November 22nd, 2012 | By Mallory Smith | Posted in Environment & Energy, Science & Tech | Comments Off

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity drove 83 feet eastward during the 102nd Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Nov. 18, 2012), and used its left navigation camera to record this view ahead at the end of the drive. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


Scientists may have found something Earth-shattering in a soil sample Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars instrument  (SAM) dug up a few days ago.  SAM is capable of identifying organic compounds, so the discovery could have something to do with life on Mars. For now, though, scientists are being cautious about making any announcements until they have fully confirmed the sample, so we’ll have to wait until the American Geophysical Union’s meeting during the  first full week of December to see what happens.