Nothing definitive found in Curiosity's first Mars soil test

12/3/2012 | ABC News

NASA confirmed that the Curiosity rover found a mix of chemicals and water in a sample of sandy Martian soil, but no complex carbon molecules that are considered to be essential for life. The results of a soil analysis by the rover's chemistry laboratory show that the sample is typical Martian soil, said Ralf Gellert, mission scientist and associate professor at the University of Guelph's department of physics. Scientists believe that the best chance of discovering complex carbon is on the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, which the rover will not visit until next year.

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