Since arriving in July, the Mars rover has drilled 3 rock samples in this clay-rich area.
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has new selfies.The latest news comes from the “Marian Ning” position after 19:00dayA century-old British paleontologist, because of her gender and class, her discovery of marine reptile fossils has been passed down from generation to generation. Since July last year, the mobile station has been on site, responsible for collecting and analyzing drilling samples.
This selfie photo was stitched together by an imaging expert, and it was taken on October 25, 2020, the 2922th Martian day (ie the sun) of the Curiosity mission.
Scientists from the Curiosity team believe that it is appropriate to name the sampling site after Anning, because the area may reveal details about the ancient environment. “Curiosity” used the rock drill at the end of the robotic arm to take samples from three boreholes. These boreholes were named after the cliffs of the Shetland Islands in Scotland. They were “Mary Anning”, “Mary Anning 3” and “Broken”. . Robot scientists performed a series of advanced experiments on these samples to expand the search for organic (or carbon-based) molecules in ancient rocks.
Since landing in Gale Crater in 2012, Curiosity has been climbing Mount Sharp to find the conditions that once sustained life. In the past year, roamers have explored the Sharp Mountain area called Glen Torridon, which may have lakes and streams billions of years ago. Scientists suspect that this is why high concentrations of clay minerals and organic molecules were found there.
It took several months for the team to explain the chemical composition and minerals in the samples from the Marianning factory. At the same time, scientists and engineers who ordered the rover from home as a safety precaution during the coronavirus pandemic have instructed Curiosity to continue climbing Mount Sharp. The rover’s next exploration target is the sulfate formation on the top of the mountain. The team hopes to reach the goal in early 2021.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, responsible for the Curiosity mission. Curiosity took selfies with a camera called Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) located at the end of its robotic arm. (For a video on how to take a selfie of Curiosity, click here.) MAHLI was built by Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego.
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