Curiosity, a mobile laboratory the size of an urban crossover, has been tirelessly exploring the terrain of Gale’s crater on Mars for nine years in the service of NASA.
Winter on the red planet now cleared the air of dust, allowing Curiosity to take sharp, detailed shots showing the crater’s surface in the smallest rock. You have a world tens of millions of kilometers away in the palm of your hand.
A panoramic view of Gale’s crater was photographed by the spacecraft in July after ascending 460 meters above the landing site. From there, she could see to the edge of the crater, 32 kilometers away, and the scenery of the rocks.
In the video you can see the ridge of Mount Sharp, which rises to a height of 5.5 kilometers in the center of the crater, and the place where the rover collected one of the rock samples.
Since exploring the crater, the astrologers have promised to reveal the secret of how the red planet lost its water. Analysis of the chemicals and minerals found in the rocks there can reveal important traces of how the environment has dried up and whether it has contained enough water to support microbial life.
“The rocks there are beginning to tell us how the once wet planet turned into dry Mars,” says in the video Abigail Fraeman, Deputy Curiosity Project Manager at NASA. During the video with a tour of the crater, he also points to sulphate-rich rocks, which experts assume were created by flowing water.
Mars has fascinated humanity since time immemorial. But most of all from the moment he started getting to know him. And looking at the video made from Curiosity footage, it’s clear why.