Exploring Mars With Curiosity --searching the Martian surface for evidence of habitable conditions

USGS Astrogeology Science Center Ken Herkenhoff

The Mars Science Laboratory rover "Curiosity" landed successfully on August 5th to begin its 23 month mission
What have scientists discovered so far, particularly with respect to the geology of the Gale crater landing site?
Instruments aboard Curiosity are searching for evidence of environmental conditions that could support microbial life
How are dust and rocks analyzed and studied to learn about the role of water in forming the Martian landscape?