(ORDO NEWS) — On the surface of Mars, the Curiosity rover has discovered very strange rocks. Scientists suggest that they may be evidence that Mars has an extremely complex geological history. Such formations could be the result of erosion.
Curiosity has been on the Red Planet for 10 years and has been conducting its scientific activities there. He continues to work further, studying various formations that arose from rocks on Mars. Absolutely everything that can be found, the device immediately captures.
In the latest images, which were transmitted to Earth by specialists, you can see the spiky rocks. In their appearance, they resemble crooked pillars that stick straight out of the surface of the planet.
NASA employees have made a statement that these spiky rocks are cemented cracks. They arose in sedimentary rock many millennia ago and then were filled with other material.
The rock was the result of the combination of water and sand. Some of the pillars originated from soft materials, so over time they were destroyed as a result of erosion.
Experts have suggested that the Red Planet got such a surface appearance due to the fact that it does not have such strong gravity as on Earth.
In the case of Mars, the force of gravity is literally one third of what is present on our planet. At the same time, today experts cannot tell how huge the structures discovered by the rover are.
Curiosity has spotted unusual structures in the immediate vicinity of Mount Aeolis, which is located in Gale Crater. It rises above the rest of the planet’s surface to a height of up to 5.5 kilometers.
Soon, scientists plan to collect more information about the unusual find. Due to the fact that the rover will continue to explore Mount Aeolis, experts will be able to better understand what kind of geological history Mars has.
Curiosity, along with fellow rover Perseverance, is trying to find traces of ancient life on the Red Planet. To this end, the vehicles are now climbing Mount Aeolis, where they will be able to study the process of changing rocks, which lasted for billions of years.
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