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Mars: Red Planet? Blue Planet? What has the Curiosity Rover Revealed?

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Did life ever arise elsewhere in the Solar System? Mars is an excellent candidate to search because it preserves rocks of approximately the same time as when life is thought to have arisen on Earth. NASA ’s car sized rover, Curiosity, has been exploring the surface of Gale crater for over 2 years in the most complicated planetary exploration mission ever undertaken. This mobile laboratory is studying the geology and chemistry of rocks on Mars to determine if the Red Planet could ever have been habitable for life. This talk will describe the rover’s explorations, and discuss the latest findings.

This talk is part of the Stokes Society, Pembroke College series.

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