The Scoop on Mars

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Analysis of Curiosity’s first scoop of Martian soil shows evidence of water that could be used by future human explorers.

    Scientists at NASA say that Curiosity’s first scoop taken from the Rocknest site contained water.  After putting the collection of dust, dirt and finely grained soil though the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars instrument and heating it up, scientists found the Martiansample contained chlorine, oxygen, and carbonate materials that form in thepresence of water.  They said this find suggests that about 2% of the Martian surface is made up of water and that it is likely globally distributed across the Red Planet.  And this is huge because it means that future human explorers will be able to use methods to extract water from the Martian surface and that it is abundant and easily accessible.  They can scoop it, heat it, and obtain water!