Live broadcast by UstreamNASA scientists are set to reveal at 10 a.m. PDT what was discovered in the Mars rover Curiosity's analysis of powdered Martian rock.
The scoop of rock was the result of drilling by Curiosity that put previous such efforts by rovers on the Red Planet to shame. In February, Curiosity's drill dug into a rock of a grayish hue, very unlike the planet's red surface. The drill bored a hole 0.63 of an inch wide and 2.5 inches deep.
The resulting sample was shaken and stirred in what NASA engineer Daniel Limonadi called the "martini mixer on the spacecraft."
As the Los Angeles Times' Amina Khan reported last month, Curiosity was to shake the sample through 0.006-of-an-inch holes before transferring it into a laboratory in the belly of the rover. There, the CheMin instrument and the Sample Analysis at Mars suite were to analyze the rock's chemical properties and mineral structure.