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NASA’s Curiosity rover reaches an area once covered by the sea

NASAs Curiosity rover reaches an area once covered by the sea

(ORDO NEWS) — The Curiosity rover has finally reached the so-called “sulfate-bearing strata” – a region of Mount Sharp, rich in salty minerals.

They may have been left over from the drying up of water billions of years ago. NASA intends to test this theory.

After passing through a narrow, sandy passage, the Curiosity rover recently arrived at its designated location.

If the hypothesis of the presence of water in this place in the distant past is correct, then under the wheels of the apparatus there may be clues how and why the climate of the Red Planet has changed.

Mission details

In the center of this photo you can see the Paraitepuy pass

Every morning we received new images and were just delighted. The sand ridges were magnificent.

You see on them the perfect footprints of a small all-terrain vehicle.

And the rocks were beautiful – we came very close to the walls, – says Elena Amador-French from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, coordinator of scientific operations for Curiosity.

There were no new problems. It is difficult for the rover to find a place where all six wheels of Curiosity could stand firmly on the surface. If the rover is unstable, the engineers won’t risk taking samples.

Holes after sampling


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