Tuesday was 3,000. day, or “Salt,” during which NASA’s Curiosity Rover flaunted itself on the surface of the Red Planet.
The images the rover took back were painted in the dreams of thousands Star Wars,, Star Trek, i John Carter fans, and our understanding of what the nearest, potentially habitable planet looks like has grown with each photograph.
Descending ashore on August 6, 2012, Curiosity began a six-year ascent along Mount Sharp, a three-mile high mountain.
Still climbing after so much time, he stopped on November 18, 2020 to use a mast camera and capture a series of 122 images over 2,946. salt missions missions. Jointed together, they form a wide-angle shot of Gale Crater, a 96-mile-wide bowl that holds Mount Sharp.
A NASA statement describes the geology of the Mount Sharp panorama: “The curved stone terraces that define the area can form when there are harder and softer layers of rock on the slope. As the softer layers erode, the harder layers form small cliffs, leaving behind bench-like formations.
“Our science team is excited to understand how they originated and what they mean for the ancient environment in Gale,” said Curiosity builder and scientist Ashwin Vasavada of NASA’s Southern Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
It’s just one of many discoveries Curiosity Rover has made, and it will continue to move millions of miles away from home.
NASA rover Curiosity Mars spotted this devil of dust with one of its navigation cameras around 11:35 a.m. local time on Mars, August 9, 2020.
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To celebrate our three-thousandth day on Earth, here’s a photographic journey of a six-year rover’s climb along Mount Sharp, all the while encountering giant sand dunes, fascinating geology, stunning rock formations, dust storms and more.
2015: View from the “Kimberley” formation on Mars, taken on the 580th day of Mars, or salt, mission.
2015: This composite image looks towards the higher parts of Mount Sharp.
2016: The dark belt at the bottom of this Martian scene is part of the “Bagnold Dunes” dune field that coats the northwestern edge of Mount Sharp, inside the Gale Crater.
2016: Butte ‘M9a’ to ‘Murray Buttes’.
2016: This animated image flashes two versions of the Curiosity Mars rover selfie on a drilled spot for samples called “Okoruso”.
2017: This dark mound, called “Ireson Hill,” rises about 16 feet (5 feet) above the redder layered coppice of the Murray Formation on the lower Sharp Mountain.
2018: This mosaic captured by the rover looks uphill at Mount Sharp, which Curiosity climbed. It stretches in the center of the image an area with clay rocks that scientists want to explore.
2018: Telephoto view from the Rubin Ridge faith in Gale Crater.
2019: A 360 degree panorama of a location called “Teal Ridge”.
2019: Rover captured these floating clouds on 2405. Mars Day, or Salt, missions, using its black-and-white navigation cameras
2020: Composed of 28 images, this view shows part of a geological feature called the “Greenheugh pediment”.
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