It’s safe to say that we’re currently enjoying a golden age of data, with discoveries furthering our understanding of the world we live in and the universe as a whole coming thick and fast. One of the reasons we’ve been able to further our worldly knowledge so much of late is thanks to the sheer proliferation of accurate data we have to hand, obtained thanks to automated data capture processes – including those further afield from our own planet such as the Mars Curiosity Rover. NASA’s Curiosity Rover has travelled to the red planet at great expense, and during its mission on the Martian surface, has spurred many mind-blowing data discoveries, furthering our knowledge of the workings of the universe. Here are just three of our favourites so far!
Mars harbours life-giving chemistry
In early March 2013, NASA announced that Curiosity had drilled down into the Martian bedrock in an attempt to discover whether the planet once contained the conditions necessary for supporting life. What Curiosity found was a clay deposit, which, once analysed, was found to contain elements of sulphur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon – all vital ingredients needed to harbour life. Thanks to Curiosity’s pioneering data capture techniques, we now know that Mars – in theory at least – could once have supported extra-terrestrial life.
Mars was once grey
Mars has long been referred to as the red planet due to the coating of iron oxide dust that covers the planet more or less in its entirety. During Curiosity’s tireless Martian exploration, however, not only did it discover that Mars was once grey, but it also found out why – and how it became red in the first place. Drilling down below the Martian surface, Curiosity revealed that the planet’s surface was once a dull grey, and x-ray spectrum analysis of Mars’ characteristic red dust discovered that it was produced by ancient volcanic eruptions many millions of years ago.
Mars contains an ancient river network
Perhaps the most startling of all Curiosity’s automated data capture discoveries was the revelation that the planet’s surface was once crisscrossed with rivers, lakes and streams. Most experts believe that liquid water is essential for the formation of life, and according to NASA scientists, the Martian water would once have been so pure ‘you could have drunk it’. Combined with what Curiosity had already found about the chemical composition of the ancient Martian surface, the revelation of the presence of liquid water on the planet was another tick in the box confirming that the planet could once have theoretically harboured life.
We’re currently living in an extremely exciting time for the world of data capture, and it’s fair to say that our level of knowledge will only continue to increase over the coming decades. If you want to stay at the cutting edge of research or just complete an accurate internal audit this year, make the most of our range of flexible, reliable automated data capture services and benefit from some of the most accurate data available.