Crystal-rich rock ‘Mojave’ is next Mars drill target

16 enero 2015

A rock target where NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is using its sample-collection drill this week may have a salty story to tell. This target, called «Mojave,» displays copious slender features, slightly smaller than grains of rice, that appear to be mineral crystals. A chance to learn their composition prompted the Curiosity science team to choose Mojave as the next rock-drilling target for the 29-month-old mission investigating Mars’ Gale Crater. The features might be a salt mineral left behind when lakewater evaporated.