Curiosity Rover Snaps First Images Of Mars Rock Formations

Posted: Sep 11 2016, 4:09pm CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Curiosity Rover Snaps First Images of Mars Rock Formations
This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows finely layered rocks within the "Murray Buttes" region on lower Mount Sharp. The buttes and mesas rising above the surface in this area are eroded remnants of ancient sandstone that originated when winds deposited sand after lower Mount Sharp had formed. Curiosity closely examined that layer -- called the "Stimson formation". The image was taken on Sept. 8, 2016, during the 1454th Martian day. Credit: JPL/NASA
  • Mars Curiosity Rover sends back Pics of Rock Formations from Martian Surface

The Mars Curiosity Rover sent back some high quality pics of complex rock formations from the Martian surface.

The layers and layers of geological formations on Mars were brought in view of earthlings in the form of pics thanks to the Mars Curiosity Rover. Currently, this space vehicle is exploring the Murray Buttes.

This is an area in the lower foothills of Mount Sharp. The quality of the photos is such that it easily outdoes some of the pictures seen of National Wildlife Parks.

Most of the images were taken on September 8th by the Mast Camera (Mastcam). Several large mapped mosaics of the various regions of Mars lie in the cards.

This will be accomplished by a juxtaposition of the different pics. The Curiosity Rover saw some pretty thrilling scenarios as it traversed the American Desert Southwest on Mars, according to

The Martian buttes and mesas are promontories above the surface. They are basically erosions of sandstone and formed when winds blew the sand in the direction of the lower regions of Mount Sharp. This was after its formation.

A thorough analysis of the buttes shows that a better comprehension of the age old sand dunes is necessary. They were formed and then buried beneath the deposited sand.

Groundwater chemically transformed them. Later on several changes occurred and finally we have the landscape we see today. These novel images show that the Curiosity Rover made its last visit to the Murray Buttes.

It’s been 30 days since the space vehicle has been traversing the area. These buttes have been left behind by now and the Curiosity Rover is entering the last butte towards the southern front.

The drilling began in this last area. After this drilling reaches its conclusion, the Curiosity Rover will continue in its endless quest for more sights to capture in pictoral form.

It was four years ago that Curiosity landed near Mount Sharp. Within two years, it had reached the base of this structure. Before this foray, it had already found evidence that microbes could have once dwelt among the extinct lakes once so common on the Martian surface.

The sedimentary rock layers formed around Mount Sharp billions of years ago. The manner in which whatever life forms which were there disappeared remains a big question.

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