With a few days to go before it begins, Curiosity has been on an international hunt to find out how much it’s burning its way through Martian atmosphere.
This is a key question because the Martian atmosphere is the hottest place on Earth and has a tendency to heat up as it’s pulled down by the gravity of the planet.
But scientists haven’t been able to see it in the spacecraft’s images.
They’re also hoping to study the chemical makeup of the Martian air and the structure of its clouds.
If Curiosity can’t see the Martian surface, it will need to take pictures of its atmosphere, which could help them understand the phenomenon.
The team also hopes to use the images to map out the composition of the atmosphere of Mars, which is a big challenge.
“There are a lot of questions about the Martian atmospheres,” said team member Paul Buehler, of the California Institute of Technology.
“But we’re also trying to understand how they form, how they disperse, how it reacts with the surrounding atmosphere.”
Curiosity is using a number of different instruments to study Martian atmosphere in the coming weeks and months.
The first of these is an atmospheric imager, a device that looks for clouds in the atmosphere and collects a series of images to examine them.
The imager is also being used to study methane, the main ingredient in Mars’ atmosphere, in the Martian night sky.
The second instrument is the spectrometer, which measures light from molecules in the sky.
It’s the spectrograph that’s been used to detect methane and its chemical composition.
The third instrument is a spectrometers magnetometer.
This instrument uses lasers to detect magnetic fields in the air.
Finally, the Curiosity team is using spectrometrics to measure how much methane it can see.
So far, the spectroscopes have detected more than 50% of the methane in the solar system, which scientists have called “methane ice” because it’s so small.
It also has a strong chemical fingerprint that is different from methane ice.
That’s good news because the methane ice is potentially a source of the greenhouse gases that are believed to be the primary drivers of climate change.
In the coming months, the team hopes to continue to collect and analyze images of the gas.
But it won’t be the first time it’s been looking for methane ice in Martian atmosphere—this is the first mission that’s ever used a spectroscopic instrument to measure the chemistry of the air, according to lead author of the study, Michael Hays, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
“This is a new kind of instrument, but we think it’s going to be very useful,” he said.
“We’re going to see this in the future.”
The spectroscopy data will also be used to help scientists understand the structure and composition of Martian clouds, which have been difficult to study before.
These structures have been called “clouds” because they’re shaped like a sphere, but they can also have a curved shape.
They have a high density and low amount of water, which helps to explain why they can form in a wide range of conditions.
But there’s also a lot more to learn about them, said Hays.
The cloud structure is also the most likely source of methane ice, as it contains carbon and other elements that are stable under conditions that are favorable to water.
The researchers will continue to study these clouds in a series more detailed studies of the composition and structure of Martian atmosphere and the chemistry that makes it.
“The spectroscopists are really excited about this new instrument,” said Buebaum.
“I think it’ll be really useful for the science community to have an instrument that is able to detect the chemical composition of these very thin-layer clouds.”