December 22 - 28, 2014 Stargazer: Curiosity's Martian Odyssey

Dec 22, 2014

Credit Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got a trio of planets to try and spot through the evening this week, a well-known satellite cruises past, and we return to the Red Planet for an update on one of our missions there as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer report.

This graphic from NASA displays the massive spike in methane detected by a series of measurements made with the Tunable Laser Spectrometer (TLS) instrument in the Curiosity rover's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory suite.
Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech
In this explanation from NASA, the graphic displays comparisons between the amount of an organic chemical named chlorobenzene detected in the "Cumberland" rock sample and amounts of the same compound in samples from three other Martian surface targets analyzed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech

Below is the latest Curiosity Rover report video by NASA (for December 8th):