Mars Curiosity Rover prepares to collect first soil sampleOctober 9, 2012 by: Deepak
NASA’s Curiosity Rover is playing in the sand on Mars! It is preparing itself to scoop the first sample of the soil from the red planet at an area called Gale Crater.
Curiosity Rover’s instruments will analyze the sample and would try to find out if microbial life is possible on the planet and will check the minerals at the same time.
The analysis will also determine whether life is possible on Mars or not.
“We now have reached an important phase that will get the first solid samples into the analytical instruments in about two weeks,” said Mission Manager Michael Watkins of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
“Curiosity has been so well-behaved that we have made great progress during the first two months of the mission.”