On This Day In Chemistry

August 6th

NASA landed the car-sized Curiosity rover on Mars on this day in 2012

It arrived on the Red Planet after a 36-week flight for a two-year investigation. Curiosity is using its onboard chemistry lab (CheMin) to identify and measure the abundance of various minerals (drilled from rocks and scooped from the ground) to see if there really was life on Mars.

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