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Curiosity strikes clay in new samples, further proving Mars' watery past

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And now, the rover has finished analyzing the two samples. While small amounts of clay have been detected in other places, these contained the highest amounts of clay minerals found on Mars so far. Also interesting is how different this dirt is from samples taken just a few kilometers away - the rover's mineralogy instrument found very little hematite, an iron oxide mineral that was previously turning up in large amounts.

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