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Opportunity Examines Clay Clues in Rock

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 05:25 PM

Mars Rover Opportunity Examines Clay Clues in Rock


www.jpl.nasa.gov said:

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is driving to a new study area after a dramatic finish to 20 months on "Cape York" with examination of a rock intensely altered by water.

The fractured rock, called "Esperance," provides evidence about a wet ancient environment possibly favorable for life. The mission's principal investigator, Steve Squyres of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., said, "Esperance was so important, we committed several weeks to getting this one measurement of it, even though we knew the clock was ticking."  

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