Mars Curiosity rover's labs are working, testing samples again

NASA Mars probe NASA CubeSats Cube Sat MarCO-A Mars Cube One Cube Sat MarCO-B communications test NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory navigation tools

NASA Mars probe NASA CubeSats Cube Sat MarCO-A Mars Cube One Cube Sat MarCO-B communications test NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory navigation tools

The engineers managed to develop a new drilling method in which the Rover uses as the stop is only a manipulator, clamping the drill to the ground.

"The media and public are invited to ask questions during a live discussion at 2 p.m. ET Thursday, June 7, on new science results from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover", NASA said.

The pair of CubeSats that make up the Mars Cube One (MarCO) mission both launched on May 5th, along with the InSight lander, which is headed toward a November 26th touchdown on the Red Planet. It studies the climate, searches for ice and water, and looks for organisms alive, or fossilized.

NASA's announcement will stream live online and on the agency's terrestrial television platform NASA Television from 2pm EDT or 7pm United Kingdom time.

The Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars since it landed in August 2012.

The Curiosity Rover, which has been roaming the Martian surface for almost six years, beamed back the data that led to the finding. NASA has also added that "the results are embargoed by the journal Science until then", which confirmes the rumors that NASA doesn't want to reveal anything before Thursday.

The event will be streamed on NASA's YouTube page, Facebook Live, Twitch TV, Ustream, and Twitter's Periscope platform.

NASA is promising a "chat" with four officials involved in the project: Paul Mahaffy, a division director at the Goddard Space Flight Center; Jen Eigenbrode, a researcher at the center; Chris Webster, a fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Ashwin Vasavada, a scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory project which oversees Curiosity.

In 2016, the rover's drill encountered a crippling mechanical problem.

And, sure enough, on May 31, the rover successfully transferred the sample - taken from a Martian sedimentary rock that has been given the name "Duluth", the Inquisitr reported last month - into its mineralogy lab and will move it into the chemistry lab later during the week.

The Article from NASA CubeSats Steer Towards Mars. As a result, the engineers had to use images sent back by Curiosity to estimate how to get the proper amount of sample, which is in the milligram range, into the laboratory so that it's enough to work with, but not enough to clog the mechanism.

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