(ORDO NEWS) — NASA’s Curiosity rover took a selfie against the backdrop of the Martian mountain range at a height of six meters. Curiosity sent the image back to Earth, and also sent other images of the planet taken with the scanner.
In early March, Curiosity began to approach Mont Merc, a mountainous area that the researchers gave the name to an analogue of the mountain located in France.
In the image, Curiosity is located in front of Mont Mercoux, in which a borehole was discovered, and not far from nontronite – samples of rock, mineral. Curiosity drilled a hole in the rock near the mountain to collect samples. So that researchers can better study the composition of the rock and understand what this data can tell about the past of Mars, the samples were turned into powder – in this state Curiosity took it. According to scientists, the area where the rover is now working may reveal what exactly happened to Mars at the time when it began to turn into the familiar desert planet.
Curiosity is a third-generation rover developed by NASA to explore Gale Crater. The rover, an autonomous chemical laboratory, is the largest and most powerful vehicle ever to operate on Mars. Curiosity launched on November 26, 2011 and landed on Mars on August 5, 2012. The purpose of the Curiosity mission is to answer the question of whether Mars ever had conditions suitable for microorganisms (microbes) to exist.
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