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NASA Curiosity Rover Takes a Bite of Martian Soil
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Scientists say the Martian soil at the rover Curiosity's landing site contains minerals similar to what's found on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano.
The finding released Tuesday is the latest step in trying to better understand whether the environment could have been hospitable to microbial life.
Curiosity recently ingested its first soil sample and used one of its instruments to tease out the minerals present. An analysis revealed it contained feldspar and olivine, minerals typically associated with volcanic eruptions. Mission scientists say the Martian soil is similar to volcanic soil on the flanks of Mauna Kea.
Curiosity landed near the Martian equator in August on a two-year mission. It'll be another month before it drills into its first rock. Then it's expected to head toward a mountain by year's end.
Posted: Tuesday, October 30 2012, 05:25 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Tornado watch issued for much of Oklahoma
May 19, 2013 20:18 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Storm Prediction Center in Norman has issued a tornado watch for much of Oklahoma.
The watch is in effect until 11 p.m. Sunday and covers central and eastern Oklahoma, including the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas.
Forecasters say there is a risk of severe thunderstorms and very large hail with the developing storm system.
The risk for tornadoes is expected to increase into the evening, especially in eastern Oklahoma.
Forecasters say a few strong tornadoes are possible, as are long-track supercell thunderstorms.
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From the FOX 25 First Forecast Center..Tornado Watch currently in effect for central and eastern Oklahoma until 11pm this evening. Dry line is currently in between central and western Oklahoma with storms just starting to fire up. ...
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.