Tag Archives: Rocks

Curiosity Finds Lake Rock Layers; What Happened on Mars to Turn So Dry Now?

NASA’s Curiosity rover exploring Mars surface has uncovered in detail about an ancient lake environment on Mars that offered favorable conditions for microbial life or alien life as it is being regarded now. The lake in Mars’ Gale Crater was seen stratified, with oxidant-rich shallows and oxidant-poor depths and it offered offered multiple types of microbe-friendly environments, said NASA. Previous ...

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Space Engineers Develop New Spectrometer to Determine Age of Rocks on Moon

After successfully using Raman Spectroscopy to find life on Australian ancient rocks and vying to find similar traces of alien life on Mars, astro-engineers are now developing new instruments to measure the age of rocks on the Moon and other planets based on laser ablation resonance ionisation mass spectrometry. Currently, several techniques used to measure the age are not practical ...

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Curiosity rover finds Earth-like ‘Continental Crust’ on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover found Earth-like rocks on Mars for the first time showing granitic continental crust. The ChemCam laser instrument on NASA’s Curiosity rover found it when it turned the beam onto some unusually light-colored rocks on Mars. “Along the rover’s path we have seen some beautiful rocks with large, bright crystals, quite unexpected on Mars” said Roger Wiens of ...

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Impact of Small Space Rocks Wiped Out Primitive Earth’s Atmosphere

An international team of researchers has discovered that a relentless blitz of small space rocks may have bombarded Earth around the time the moon was formed, kicking up clouds of gas with enough force to permanently eject small portions of the atmosphere into space. The researchers calculated that tens of thousands of such small impacts could have efficiently jettisoned Earth’s ...

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