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Christopher J. Scolese, Director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, left, congratulates, MSL Entry, Descent and Landing Engineer Adam Steltzner as they look at the first images of Mars to come from the Curiosity rover, shortly after it landed on Mars, inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory on August 5, 2012 in Pasadena, California. The MSL Rover named Curiosity is equipped with a nuclear-powered lab capable of vaporizing rocks and ingesting soil, measuring habitability, and whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbe.
This morning NASA held a press conference to present the latest findings from its Curiosity rover on Mars. The announcement was much hyped after an NPR report quoted one of the lead scientists as saying the this could be, "one for the history books."
But the space agency dialed back expectations, calling the findings merely "interesting."
So what did the rover find? Here to tell us is Bruce Betts, Director of Projects for the Planetary Society.