NASA's mournful Mars rover successfully secured the first batch of earth from a "claywork unit" near the Mars & # 39; Mount Sharp region. The US space agency has targeted this part of Mars for a drilling mission before the Curiosity blasted off towards the planet in November 2011. NASA confirmed confirmed that Curiosity had already obtained bedrock material samples from a rock called Aberlady on Sunday, April 6. The rover then delivers ground samples in his laboratory laboratory on April 10 and scientists are waiting for the results of the study with bated breath.
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Scientists have long suspected Mars once hosted a green and wet environment with a view that is not very different from Earth & # 39; s.
However, today the planet is a cruel and unreliable desert with a paper-thin environment emitted by extreme solar radiation.
The only signs of water present on Mars are found in the form of ice caps around the frozen south of the sand.
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But the presence of clay in Martian soil promises to update NASA's understanding of Mars's ancient past.
And the results of the rover warehouse operation today seem to be reliable.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Jim Erickson said: "The curiosity was on the road for nearly seven years.
" Finally the drilling unit of the clay unit was an important milestone on our trip to Mount Sharp. "
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According to NASA, the remote rover drill was easy "chewed" by Martian rock, which indicates that the bedrock is softer than expected.] The agent's slot said Cy in a statement: "Very soft, in fact, that the drill does not have to be used percussive method, which helps snagging samples from harder rocks.
"This is the first sample of missions acquired using only drill drill rotation."
However, it is likely that the shooting mission will provide any major breakthroughs in the hunt for liquid water.
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Instead, NASA expects to learn more about how the ancient waters helped shape three-mile-high (five kilometers) Mount Sharp.
Finally, drilling on clay-bearing units was a major milestone  Jim Erickson, NASA [NASA19659024] NASA said Curiosity now encounters mineral mud and mudstones at every step of its journey by Mars.
These rocks are believed to have been formed in ancient lakebeds by arranging sediments in the river about 3.5 billion years ago.  Space space said: "Like water elsewhere on Mars, the lakes eventually dried up."
Ashwin Vasavada, a JPL Curiosity scientist, said: "Each layer of this mountain is a piece of a puzzle. Each has hints at different times in the history of Martian.  "We're excited to see what this first sample says about the ancient environment, especially about water."
But what does this all mean for the potential to find life on Mars?
Scientists have agreed on the vast life here on Earth that began in water and water, which became life on Earth possible.
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And if scientists can prove the same conditions that existed on Mars, the possibility of simple, single-celled life grown on Mars will increase.
NASA said: "If the water is boiling hot or frozen, some types of creatures seem to have developed here, and are the same with other planets?
" If the water flows once Mars, life also grows there? Or, maybe there's still water on Mars, it's only underground.
"Have tiny forms of life-like bacteria-on Mars even now?"