Curious About Space Exploration?

If you are at all curious about the upcoming Hot Science Cool Talks event (18 Oct @ 7pm on the UT Campus) with Dr. John Grotzinger, Chief Scientist of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Mission, check out some of the results being published by AAAS from “the most technically advanced geochemistry laboratory ever sent to the surface of another planet”. This Special Collection: Curiosity includes some serious analysis of the Martian environment, including surface materials, sand shadows, and x-ray diffraction results! Headlines include:

27 SEPTEMBER 2013 | RESEARCH ARTICLE

X-Ray Diffraction Results from Mars Science Laboratory: Mineralogy of Rocknest at Gale Crater

D. L. Bish et al.
27 SEPTEMBER 2013 | RESEARCH ARTICLE

Curiosity at Gale Crater, Mars: Characterization and Analysis of the Rocknest Sand Shadow

D. F. Blake et al.
27 SEPTEMBER 2013 | INTRODUCTION

Analysis of Surface Materials by Curiosity Mars Rover

J. P. Grotzinger

Wow. In case you were wondering what Mars looks like at the 4cm scale, that’s it right there.

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