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Evidence for a Global Martian Soil Composition Extends to Gale Crater
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Author and Affiliation:
Yen, A. S.(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA, United States);
Gellert, R.(Guelph Univ., Ontario, Canada);
Clark, B. C.(Space Science Inst., Boulder, CO, United States);
Ming, D. W.(NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States);
King, P. L.(Australian National Univ., Canberra, Australia);
Schmidt, M. E.(Brock Univ., Saint Catherines, Ontario, Canada);
Leshin, L.(Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY, United States);
Morris, R. V.(NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States);
Squyres, S. W.(Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY, United States);
Campbell, J. L.(Guelph Univ., Ontario, Canada)
Abstract: The eolian bedform within Gale Crater referred to as "Rocknest" was investigated by the science instruments of the Curiosity Mars rover. Physical, chemical and mineralogical results are consistent with data collected from soils at other landing sites, suggesting a globally-similar composition. Results from the Curiosity payload from Rocknest should be considered relevant beyond a single, localized region with Gale Crater, providing key insights into planetary scale processes.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2013
Document ID:
20130009717
(Acquired Feb 15, 2013)
Subject Category: GEOPHYSICS
Report/Patent Number: JSC-CN-27936
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: Lunar and Planetary Science Conference; 18-22 Mar. 2013; The Woodlands, TX; United States
Meeting Sponsor: Lunar and Planetary Inst.; Houston, TX, United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA Johnson Space Center; Houston, TX, United States
Organization Source: NASA Johnson Space Center; Houston, TX, United States
Description: 2p; In English; Original contains color illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution as joint owner in the copyright
NASA Terms: CRATERS; LANDING SITES; MARS SURFACE; MINERALOGY; PAYLOADS; ROVING VEHICLES; SOILS
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