NASA Mars Rover Finally Arrives to Stunning Salty Region


By Aahil

October  25, 2022

NASA's Curiosity rover has had much in the way of its triumphant arrival at what it calls a "sulfate-bearing unit" of Gale Crater.

This fascinating place is full of salty minerals, and is a treasure trove for scientists investigating the history of water on the Red Planet.

NASA described the sulfate-rich region as a "long-sought area" and "special" in a statement Wednesday.

The space agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft scoured the region well before Curiosity's arrival at Gale Crater in 2012.

The rover recently drilled into a tantric rock - named "Canima" - to take a closer look at its chemistry and composition.

Curiosity is like a science laboratory on wheels, so it is using on-board equipment to analyze samples taken from the rock.

Curiosity will look for signs of any organic molecules that may be present. Organic matter on Mars has been a hot topic lately.

Just keep in mind that the discovery of organic molecules doesn't necessarily prove microbial life once existed on Mars.

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