Unraveling the Aqueous Alteration History and Searching for Extinct Life in Gale Crater, Mars: Mineralogical and Geochemical Results from the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity Rover’s Instrument Payload

Abstract: The goal of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), Curiosity Rover mission is to determine if Gale Crater, Mars ever had a habitable environment and to search for evidence of extinct microbial life. Gale Crater is ~155 km wide with a layered central mound (~5 km high). The Curiosity rover has traversed ~20 km from the crater floor up 350 m to the lower slopes of the central mound for over 2200 Martian solar days (sols). Curiosity’s instruments have evaluated the geochemistry and mineralogy of reg…

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