Since landing on the Red Planet in August 2012, the NASA Curiosity Rover gathers data on the geology and chemistry of the Martian surface.
18th. May 2019
Since landing on the Red Planet in August 2012, NASA's Curiosity Rover collects data on the geology and chemistry of the Martian surface and finds mineral records of past habitable environments on Mars.
Curiosity has been rising to Mount Sharp since 2014 – a trait that is of interest to the mission's science team due to its geologically diverse regions. Each region represents a different period in the history of the mountain, the Der Rover rises about 5 kilometers above the bottom of the Gale crater.
The rover spent almost a year exploring Vera Rubin Ridge, and is currently in an area known as the "sound unit". There he recently started analyzing rock samples.
] NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently released an animated video flight over Mount Sharp, showing the proposed route that may take the curiosity as it winds its way up the mountain.
Among the targets of interest to the science team is the "sulphate-containing unit", where sulphate minerals may indicate that the area has dried up or become more acidic in antiquity. and Gedis Vallis, a feature in which a river could have cut a path through the sulfate unit.
Video courtesy of NASA / JPL-Caltech
Jim Sharkey is a laboratory assistant, author and general science lover, raised in Enid, Oklahoma, hometown of Skylab and shuttle astronaut Owen K. Garriott , As a young Star Trek fan, he participated in the letter campaign where the Space Shuttle prototype was named Enterprise.
While his academic studies have ranged from psychology and archeology to biology, he has never lost his passion for exploring space. Jim began blogging about science, science fiction and futurism in 2004.
Jim lives in San Francisco Bay and has participated in NASA Socials landing the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover and launching the NASA LADEE Lunar Orbiter.