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NASA's Mars Curiosity rover just hit a new milestone: its two-thousandth Martian day, or sol, on the Red Planet. An image mosaic taken by the rover in January offers a preview of what comes next. Looming over the image is Mount Sharp, the mound Curiosity has been climbing since September 2014.
In the center of the image is the rover's next big, scientific target: an area scientists have studied from orbit and have determined contains clay mineral deposits. The formation of clay minerals requires water. Scientists have already determined that the lower layers of Mount Sharp formed within lakes that once spanned Gale Crater’s floor. The area ahead could offer additional insight into the presence of water, how long it may have persisted, and whether the ancient environment may have been suitable for life.
originally posted by: Blue Shift
Hopefully they'll move on to someplace a lot less boring than they have been in the last couple of months. Yeah, we get it. Hardened mud. What else you got? Sorry to be so jaded, but NASA / JPL, you made me that way!
originally posted by: Sakrateri
Very awesome picture, found a bit of an oddity which I have circled, any have an idea what that may be?