November 15, 2012

Eva Gusnowski

Are you dreaming of sandy beaches?  What about a red planet that's just covered in them?

Our space robot friend Curiosity is sending back information after analyzing the contents of the sand on Mars.  This is possible because a compact X-ray diffraction system has been installed into Curiosity, which allows the identification of a particle by a characteristic scattering of X-rays.  What they have found is that the contents of the soil on Mars is similar to a volcanic soil found in Hawaii.

Does this mean that Total Recall may be in our near future? (Minus the whole getting shot at thing and having to pull tracking devices out of your nose, of course)




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