Curiosity had scooped up soil on Mars and examining a sample of the same in detail, it has hinted that the soil is similar to Hawaii's, as per revelations of a new report. The samples are being believed to provide clues about what the geological history of the Red Planet was.
It is being said by NASA that a large part of the sample seems to be made of gnarled basaltic materials, which come out of volcanic origin. And the same kind of particles is seen on Hawaii islands as well. Curiosity has since its landing on Mars' Gale Crater on August 6 as part of the £2.6bn mission, pushed above 480m to Glenelg to the east.
Fine particles of soil were tested with the help of CheMin instrument the robot has. Also, the same were scanned using X-rays, which helped determining their composition. The members of NASA also say that the samples might be containing dust, which comes far afield from Mars' global-scale storms. Also, it is possible that these are carried from coarser sand of local origin.
"So far, the materials Curiosity has analyzed are consistent with our initial ideas of the deposits in Gale Crater, recording a transition through time from a wet to dry environment", said co-investigator David Bish.
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