Astrophysics Modeling Specialists at our offices are thrilled to hear about the Mars Curiosity Rover finding Organic Signal on the red planet. Curiosity discovered complex chemistry and hints of long-sought organic compounds that may have aided primitive life at one time. Traces of chlorine, sulfur, water, and organic compounds were found in the Mars dirt samples that curiosity scooped from the surface. The NASA team back on Earth is still unsure as to whether these compounds actually come from Mars or from contamination of the transported robot.
An article by Space.com discusses how Curiosity has a SAM Instrument that is basically a teeny tiny oven that cooks Mars’ dirt samples. The gases produced by the dirt allow Curiosity to determine the chemical makeup. Additionally, Curiosity’s Chemical and Mineralogy detector found that the terrain is a mix of volcanic, glassy, non-crystallized materials.
But this doesn’t make the end of Mars discoveries. NASA has already approved a new Rover to launch to Mars in 2020. This rover should assist NASA to prepare for eventually brining samples from Mars back to Earth. These new samples will provide more information to scientists in regards to life existence on the red planet.
We at PSSC Labs are excited to see what new information Curiosity will send to NASA’s high-performance server. Be sure to check back for more news and information on the industry. For more information on Curiosity and the 2020 mission, check out an article by Space.com, by clicking here.