NASA’s Curiosity rover Reaches Mount Sharp
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that its Curiosity rover has finally arrived at the base of Mount Sharp, a large Martian mountain, on Thursday. The mountain was among the list of major destinations for the rover, since its landing on the red planet.
According to scientists, the arrival of Curiosity rover at the mountain signified as ‘scientific sequel’. NASA’s Curiosity rover had landed on Red Planet in August 2012, to take photos and samples of Mars. The rover has now reached at Mount Sharp.
Director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, Jim Green, said, “Curiosity now will begin a new chapter from an already outstanding introduction to the world.
After a historic and innovative landing along with its successful science discoveries, the scientific sequel is upon us”.
Earlier, the rover was forced to change its path that took it to a different route than originally planned.
Now, scientists are planning to trek up the mountain with the help of rover. The rover will start examining the lower slopes of Mount Sharp. The mountain is about 5,500 metres high, slightly shorter than Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro mountain which is about 5,895 metres high.
According to Curiosity Project Scientist John Grotzinger, rover’s journey to Mount Sharp was long, but historic too. Grotzinger also said as six-wheel Curiosity is at Mount Sharp, scientists have decided to carry out more drilling.
A review panel of scientists has criticized NASA’s Curiosity team for taking a long time that includes little sampling and too much driving.
After its arrival on Mars, it determined that the planet had favorable conditions for microbial life.
According to NASA, Clay-bearing sedimentary rocks in Yellowknife Bay, has provided strong evidence that there was a lakebed environment billions of years ago. NASA said that lakebed had offered fresh water.
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