NASA Scientists Were Amazed of the Rock Feature
NASA’s Curiosity Rover recently captures an image of an uncommon rock formation.
Recent Curiosity Rover DiscoveriesThe planetary robot is intended to look for the potential presence of life on the red planet. For nine years, it has been circling around the Gale Crater in search of something interesting like unusual minerals, rocks, and even microbial organisms. According to the rover team who operates the robotic vehicle, Curiosity recently detected the instability of clays around the Gale Crater. Before, the experts said that possible life on Mars is present. Given this scenario, the evidence that could point them out could have been already erased as a result. In addition, there is a possibility that the salty water that washed away the evidence could hint at the existence of the fossils on the red planet. For scientists, there should be an ongoing experiment for this research. At the moment, the Curiosity Rover is capturing important images of rocks through the ChemCam instrument. This tool will help the scientists calculate the mineral and chemical composition of the rocks, Live Science reported.
Marsquakes and Methane in the Red PlanetIn June, the Curiosity rover surprisingly came across some traces of methane. The researchers assumed that the presence of this chemical might tell the past lives that existed on Mars. During the time, ESA’s (European Space Agency) Trace Gas Orbiter was not successful in detecting it, but NASA’s TLS (Through the Tunable Laser Spectrometer) tool has tracked a pinch of it. In late July, another piece of NASA equipment, the InSight lander, discovered more information about the red planet’s deep interior. Based on the findings of NASA researchers, the top layer of Mars is around 6 miles when it comes to thickness.
Before, the robotic vehicle has uncovered that more than 170 marsquakes had already occurred on the planet.
Written by Joseph Henry