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the amazing rock flower discovered by the Curiosity rover

NASA’s Curiosity spacecraft has photographed a ‘rocky flower’ on Mars. It will be due to the presence of water saturated with sulfate.

That’s for sure His Twitter account The Mars probe Curiosity announced its discovery on 1Towards In March around 2 am: “Using a hand-held illustrator (MAHLI) I discovered this beautiful, fragile and small feature. It is a concrete material eroded by sedimentary rock cemented together by mineral-rich groundwater. Its length? Only 1cm.”

Thanks to the onboard development process, MAHLI is at the end of the rover’s robotic arm curiosity ofHe knew how to convey such clichés. Two to eight pictures were taken and then combined. A 3D video has been designed to represent this discovery.

rock as “rozenzand”

This agglomeration (accumulation of solid particles) will be due in part to the presence of sulphate saturated water, as detailed Futura Science† This mineral formation may be the terrestrial counterpart of the “sandrose”, which is generally found in the desert. It is formed by the crystallization of gypsum, a mineral mainly derived from the gypsum industry.

Curiosity cart shipped by NASA on Mars in 2012, as part of a mission called the Mars Science Laboratory. The spacecraft is constantly collecting data on the composition of the minerals so that people can better understand the history of the Red Planet.

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