MARS Curiosity Rover Analyzes Samples En-route to Mount Sharp
Jim Erickson, of Pasadena's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), said that the rover Curiosity had previously stored samples for when the rover had time to look at them. The analysis is being worked as Curiosity moves and captures “stunning new views of Mount Sharp” in addition to movies of Phobos and Deimos as they transit the Martian sky.
JPL is managed by the nearby California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The laboratory's primary function is the construction and operation of robotic planetary spacecraft, though it also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions. It is also responsible for operating NASA's Deep Space Network.