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Well the hard part for NASA is over the Mars rover curiosity is on the ground on the red planet and now the fun begins.
The rover blasting Iraq with a high powered laser to analyze its mineral content.
Now after days -- -- The system checks it's finally set to begin exploring the martian surface.
Let's talk about it with Tom Jones a former NASA astronaut and a Fox News contributors so they've spent a lot of time making sure that it's sort of all systems go they've been updating the software on this thing now it's about time for the -- to actually get to work -- Tom.
Right John it's been about two weeks since I curiosity landed on Mars inside gale crater and so the scientists there with the instrument check out well underway and everything working.
Are now making up the plan for the first drive across the martian surface this week he'll spin the wheels a little bit go back -- backwards and forwards about ten feet.
And make sure all the the drive systems are working and then they're gonna set course for this place called -- -- which is -- -- -- about 400 meters away.
And OK so they're gonna and they're gonna check out this.
Outcropping of rock what are they open to do open a fine well that's it.
An interesting -- place in the landscape about -- a -- of a walk a mile away where three land forms come together the same desert plains that the rover landed on two weeks ago.
Plus some harder and older bedrock and some layered out props where they think they can use that drill.
On curiosity to go inside the bedrock and really.
Understand the neurology and that.
The search for organic compounds can be conducted they're looking for traces of past life -- they've also been blasting the surface I guess -- -- sort of an -- on trial of this laser what do they hope to learn from matter or use that has to accomplish.
That's a pretty amazing instrument for analyzing rock composition it's not a Buck Rogers laser gun and it -- -- those tiny spark of the rock surface.
And measuring that cloud with a spectrometer and telescope you can actually tell what.
Glowing elements are not cloudy -- the analysis remotely without having to drill or even bring a sample into the lap so it tells you what the martian surface or -- that particular.
Point to the martian surface is made up -- with a geologists tell you can tell from the elemental breakdown of that rock what that.
That a good guesses as to the neurology.
If you really want to know what mineral is there and what the water content isn't what organic compounds are in place you have to grab a sample and put it into the chemistry lab on the back of -- curiosity.
-- -- room we've always been concerned about invasions from Mars you know that was sort of the big the big worry in this country now we've worked out -- blasting the martian surface with with a laser gun so.
We're gonna -- improving -- scratching at the idea here if there is life on Mars they're going to be pretty ticked.
Thanks very much left.
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