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06/11/12 Reuters--This summer, a robotic geologist arrives on Mars to try out a new strategy for searching for life beyond Earth. Mars Science Laboratory due to land on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012 Will explore places that could have hosted life Focus on geology of mound of sediment inside crater Rather than hunt for microbes like the Viking missions of the 1970s, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, nicknamed Curiosity, will look for places that could have hosted and preserved life. "The term 'life-detection' is so ill-defined and so hard to ascertain it doesn't make a good starting point," said geologist John Grotzinger,…
06/29/10 Science instruments on the Curiosity Rover, including the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument, will examine the site’s modern environment for clues to the planet’s past. NASA’s Curiosity rover, coming together for a late 2011 launch to Mars, has a newly installed component: a key onboard X-ray instrument for helping the mission achieve its goals. Researchers will use Curiosity in an intriguing area of Mars to search for modern or ancient habitable environments, including any that may have also been favorable for preserving clues about life and environment. The team assembling and testing Curiosity at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.,…