NASA scientists will reveal new methane gas findings from its Mars rover Curiosity
NASA's Curiosity rover successfully drilled a 2-inch-deep hole in a target called "Duluth", resulting in the discovering of methane gas on Mars.

Leah Williams | 4 hours ago

Seasonal methane gases have been discovered by Curiosity, as discussed and revealed at NASA's scheduled press conference at 2pm EDT on June 7th.

NASA's Curiosity rover has made substantial, historical discoveries of methane gases, positioning science research at a remarkable advancement in exploration with the Red Planet in over half a decade.

Using new drilling techniques after a stalled electrical motor halted sampling operations on Mars, the Curiosity rover has delivered rock powder to one of its onboard lab instruments for analysis for the first time since 2016, NASA officials said Monday.

The rover's drill instrument, mounted on the end of Curiosity's robotic arm, bored into a target named "Duluth" on May 20. The drill collected a volume of pulverized rock powder, using the arm for stability.

In May 2018, the drill salvaged part of the sample into an opening on Curiosity's science deck leading into the rover's mineralogy laboratory, named CheMin.

This past weekend, the drill delivered another part of the specimen into the rover's chemistry instrument, known by the acronym SAM, short for Sample Analysis at Mars.

"This was no small feat. It represents months and months of work by our team to pull this off," said Jim Erickson, project manager for the mission at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "JPL's engineers had to improvise a new way for the rover to drill rocks on Mars after a mechanical problem took the drill offline in December 2016."

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