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February 26 2013

The Red Planet Is Only Red on the Outside


Still trundling along on the surface of Mars, the charismatic Curiosity rover hit another milestone recently when it offered us our first glance beneath the planet’s red surface. Nicknamed the Red Planet for its characteristic rusty sheen, NASA scientists were surprised to see that beneath a thin exterior the planet’s crust is but a plain gray. NBC’s Cosmic Log:

We’re seeing a new coloration for Mars here, and it’s exciting for us,” Joel Hurowitz, sampling system scientist for the Curiosity mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told reporters during a teleconference on Wednesda.

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