Welcome To Gale Crater – On Mars!
Well, the US space program has done it again! They just released incredible video of NASA’s Curiosity Rover exploring Mount Sharp, a 5-mile-tall mountain within the basin of Gale Crater on Mars!
As they note, “it is currently wintertime in the Gale Crater, meaning that Mars’ red dust has settled for the moment and Curiosity has a decent opportunity to gather clear photos. The region is shown to have multiple deposits of clay minerals and sulfates, and studies are examining how the area was affected over time as the local water sources dried up.”
This material is from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and as we see this video footage, they explain what we are seeing and why.
There are so many reasons to reach out beyond our own planet to see the solar system beyond. As they note:
“The rocks here will begin to tell us how this once-wet planet changed into the dry Mars of today, and how long habitable environments persisted even after that happened,” said Abigail Fraeman, Curiosity’s deputy project scientist, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
This comes a few months after NASA sent a drone up in the air on Mars as well:
Here is that story:
It’s amazing to me how much Mars looks like part of the US southwest – but that’s nothing compared to how the planet Jupiter looks:
That’s the surface of Jupiter, looking very much like an abstract painting!
You can see more images from this journey to Jupiter by clicking on my story here:
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