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Curiosity's Photo Album

Curiosity's Photo Album

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, November 5, 2019/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, art and design, environment, adventure

              Close-up view of sedimentary layers at Central Butte, Mars 11-1-2019 (credit: NASA/JPL/CalTech)

The Curiosity rover continues climbing the slopes of Mount Sharp inside Gale crater on Mars. The robotic explorer captured a haunting image of the crater's interior and the bedrock layers of butte in the center.

According to NASA, as Curiosity with searching for indications of past life, it photographed the Martian horizon. It also produced an image of sedimentary layers suggesting deposition by water in eons past. Curiority was built to probe Mars since its sister rover, Opportunity went silent during a massive dust storm on Mars. During its climb on the butte, Curiosity is photographing various rock types and their chemical composition. 

                         Gale crater landscape panorama, 11-1-2019 (credit: NASA/JPL/CalTechI

The present-day Martian landscape is barren and looks more like a hyper-arid desert than when once it was covered in water where life may have begun to evolve. Curiosity's images certainly offer a remarkable perspective of this distant crater.

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