Mars Curiosity Rover has also sent us some new and phenomenal images recently. It’s spent over a year slowly driving to it’s mission destination, Mount Sharp and just recently it reached the foot of the mountain.
The first image is, in my humble opinion, a gorgeous panorama of the Martian surface. I had no idea the sky there could be so beautiful. It looks almost as if it could be a picture from an Earth-desert.
The second image is a mudstone outcrop. It’s a strange feature sticking out of an otherwise smooth ground. The materials in the clump, we’ve found out, are all resistant to erosion. Similar things are found on Earth in places where running water has dried up.
Thirdly you can see that Curiosity’s started digging into the mountain. The farther down you dig, the farther back in time (geologically) you go. Since things don’t erode fast on Mars, this is doubly true.
The Curiosity Rover will be making news headlines again quite soon as the boring part of its journey is over.