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As part of the Curiosity rover mission, Jack Farmer, an Arizona State University professor of geological sciences, is tasked with looking for carbon compounds and other building blocks suggesting that life once existed on Mars. (Cronkite News Service Photo by "scar A. Contreras)

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Research and geography position Arizona for role in Mars missions

When the Curiosity Rover collects soil from the surface of Mars, data from the samples will come to an Arizona State University laboratory to be compared with the composition of soil on Earth.


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