NASA has released new images of Mars, taken by Curiosity,comparing the landscape to the Mojave Desert.
Caltech scientist John Grotzinger says there is something familiar about the images. The familiar ground “kind of makes you feel at home” Grotzinger said.
Curiosity’s primary mission is to search for signs of life on the planet most similar to Earth. Scientists have picked up evidence of an alluvial fan – a water-caused feature found on hill slopes on Earth.
Curiosity’s ultimate goal is Mt. Sharp, a mountain several miles away in the middle of Gale Crater but the rover won’t be taking off for Mt. Sharp for a few days yet. In the meantime, scientists are making the most of the rover’s location.
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