The deployment of the lab on May 31 marks a major milestone for the agency, which has worked extremely hard to fix Curiosity's drilling and sample analysis capabilities.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, the Mars Curiosity Rover, which is a big part of the MSL mission, recently snagged its first Martian rock sample in 18 months, all thanks to the new percussion drilling technique that has revived the robot's broken drill.
The public will be able to plug in and toss questions through social media as part of Nasa's exciting announcement. For the first four years, the nuclear-powered rover operated longer and better than expected, but in December 2016, a problem occurred. Later this week, scientists hope to have Curiosity deliver rock samples to its chemistry lab.
"This was no small feat". The inlets lead to Curiosity's onboard laboratories.
The next step to making the rover fully operational again was the analysis of the said rock sample, in the form of Martian powder, inside the rover's two laboratories. "It represents months and months of work by our team to pull this off", said Jim Erickson, MSL project manager.
"The scientific team was confident that the engineers contend - are so confident that we went back to the pattern that we missed before".
However, all the hints indicate towards a correlation between the restart of Curiosity Rover's drilling experiments and this "new science results".
"If they announced that, once that has been satisfied to the general public, people who pay their taxes to send the $2.5billion probe to Mars, they are going to say okay well we discovered life, we don't need to go there anymore". Two years ago, the rover had a mechanical issue and couldn't drill into the surface, but engineers found a new way to restore that ability. "This means that we can resume the study of mount sharp, which Curiosity is raised now", said one of the members of the mission, Ashwin Vasavada.