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Jen Stern, EOAS Grad
Fri, 2012/08/17 - 3:07pm

NASA’s Mars exploration program has the goal to determine whether conditions ever existed that could have supported microbial life on Mars.  The mission can be followed at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/.  The way the Mars Curiosity mission is assessing past and present habitability of Mars by imaging the rocks, and by analyzing the atmosphere and the rocks and soils for chemical compounds and isotopic compositions by mass spectrometry and spectroscopy.   Geochemical analyses, including those looking for organic molecules, are made b