The Curiosity rover is having a wonderful time taking selfies in front of an impressive rock formation. Curiosity rover has been slowly but progressively ascending Mount Sharp, a 3-mile-high mountain in the center of the Gale Crater, since 2014.
Curiosity took 60 photographs between March 16 and March 26, with its Mars Hand Lens Imager on its robotic arm and 11 with its Mastcam, which is positioned on its “head.” Rover filmed a spectacular rock formation known as Mont Mercou, which is named after a mountain in southeastern France. Mont Mercou is 20 feet tall.
“Wish you were here!” the rover tweeted with the selfie.
Curiosity gathered a rock sample near the formation using its drill – the 30th sample it has got so far. NASA scientists have named the sample Nontron after a French village near the original Mont Mercou. The rover’s drill converted the sample to dust, which it concealed securely within its body for further examination with its internal instruments. Scientists expect to discover more about the rock’s nature – and possibly discover information about the planet’s history.
The sample was obtained as the rover moved between the “clay-bearing unit” and the “sulfate-bearing unit” of its climb – a region that scientists claim could show how Mars changed from a possibly habitable planet billions of years ago to the barren desert planet it is today.
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Curiosity was the only operational rover on Mars when Perseverance landed a little over a month ago. The two rovers are about 2,300 miles away. Perseverance is now hard at work assembling the Ingenuity helicopter for its first flight in April, which would be the first flight on another planet. Following that, it will continue its quest for ancient life.
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