Mars Curiosity Rover Battling Harsh Martian Weather During Search For Life

By Amir Khan on November 16, 2012 12:26 PM EST

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The Mars Curiosity rover is battling harsh Martian weather during its search for life on the Red Planet, but the Mars Curiosity rover is getting ready to move through it, scientists reported on Thursday. (Photo: Creative Commons)

The Mars Curiosity rover is battling harsh Martian weather during its search for life on the Red Planet, but the Mars Curiosity rover is getting ready to move through it, scientists reported on Thursday. The Mars Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars early this year, is searching for signs of life on Mars and conducting various experiments in order for us to better understand the Red Planet.

The Mars Curiosity rover has been parked for a month due to bad weather, but NASA scientists said the rover is prepping to move again.  The Mars Curiosity rover has spent the last month at a sand dune, hiding from the Martian weather and conducting soil samples and measuring radiation levels.

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The Mars Curiosity rover's next task will be to examine Martian bedrock.

"It's the bedrock which really gives you the story of ancient Mars," Ashwin Vasavada, of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told the Associated Press. "The soil is a little harder to interpret because we don't know how old it is or where it came from."

The Mars Curiosity rover has been on Mars since August, and has been probing the surface in search of signs of microbial life. However, whirlwinds on the Red Planet made life difficult for the Mars Curiosity rover.

"These events are starting to occur more and more often," said Manuel de la Torre Juarez of NASA JPL. "We expect to see more in the future."      

The Mars Curiosity rover will ultimately head towards a 3-mile-high mountain range in the center of the crater floor the rover currently resides on. The mountain is rich in mineral deposits, and scientists said the mountain range will shed light on Mars' past.

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