Paper Boys

Episode 25

How did the Curiosity rover weigh a mountain on Mars?

Scientists converted a simple instrument into a scale for mountains.

The Curiosity rover on Mars has some pretty amazing experiments aboard, but curiously enough never had a gravimeter, a device used for measuring the gravitational pull of buried rocks. So how then did scientists manage to weigh a mountain on Mars using years-old data taken by Curiosity? Charlie brings in a paper that reads like a data analysis version of a MacGyver episode.

Check out the original paper in Science here and the New York Time article (with great photos) here.

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