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Curiosity seeks methane in atmospheric samples

A month after landing on Mars, the NASA Curiosity rover is about to begin testing out the shoulder and elbow joints of its robotic arm, mission managers said today in a press briefing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The upper-body calisthenics come as an instrument in the rover’s guts goes after one of the important early science questions of the mission: whether Mars has methane, which can be produced both biologically and geologically. 

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