Saturday, October 13, 2012

Mars rover Curiosity discovers rare Earth-like rock

Gulf Daily News » World News » Mars rover Curiosity discovers rare Earth-like rock: "A rock analysed by Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity has a surprising and more varied composition that resembles rare rocks from the bowels of our planet, the US space agency said. "This rock is a close match in chemical composition to an unusual but well-known type of igneous rock found in many volcanic provinces on Earth," Curiosity co-investigator Edward Stolper of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena said.

"With only one Martian rock of this type, it is difficult to know whether the same processes were involved, but it is a reasonable place to start thinking about its origin."