The Curiosity rover has long been conducting its scientific operations and exploring the surface of the red planet. NASA recently shared an aerial photo taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that shows curiosity as it climbs a ledge called Mont Mercou. Curiosity is to explore the rocky outcrop, which got its nickname from a French mountain because the area behind it is rich in sulphates.
The MRO took the photo 167.5 miles above the rover. The Orbiter captured the image on April 18 using the high-resolution Imaging Science Experiment tool, which can be used to map features as small as a kitchen table. The curiosity is significantly greater than at about the size of an automobile.
Since 2014 Curiosity has been climbing Mount Sharp, the central peak in Gale Crater. The rover’s mission is to search the red planet for signs of microbial life in Mars’ distant past. The curiosity began in early March to climb Mont Mercou. NASA has said that Curiosity was on Mars for the first two years and confirmed that Gale Crater was a lake in the distant past and the chemical ingredients made it suitable for life.
Curiosity also discovered organic material during its mission and worked to solve the mystery of methane peaks in the Martian atmosphere. Mission operators expect Curiosity to make additional discoveries as it spends more time on Mars. The hills behind Mont Mercou are expected to be rich in sulfates and Curiosity plans to study them in detail.
NASA is no longer the only agency operating rovers on the surface of Mars. That month, China landed a rover on the Red Planet, making it only the second nation to do so.
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