Latest Pictures of Mars sent by NASA's Curiosity Rover show Earth-like landscape
A sight showing eroded mesas and buttes, covered with wind erosion-resistant rock can make anybody think about the US Southwest, but surprisingly it was the description of the latest pictures of the Red Planet beamed back to Earth from NASA's Curiosity Rover.
The rover has captured the images using its Mast Camera. Using the Mastcam imaging system, the rover managed to click numerous component pictures on August 5, 2016. The pictures have been taken exactly four years post the historic landing of the rover into Mars' Gale Crater.
Anybody can look at the 360-degree pictures of the Red Planet on the website of the US Space Agency or via an interactive footage. Though the captured stuff, users can explore a portion of Mars known as the Murray Buttes on lower Mount Sharp, the primary mission location of Curiosity.
The series of mounds nearly 50-feet high and roughly 200-feet broad close to the top, Murray Buttes have received their name from Bruce Murray, an ex-director of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif, and a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology, died in 2013.
The pictures have very well showcased the areas of the Murray Buttes, the Gale Crater rim and upper Mount Sharp, and numerous terrain features like buttes and baked mudstone.
NASA said the mesas and buttes covered with wind erosion-resistant rock are helpful in the preservation of the monumental leftovers of a layer that previously provided a fuller cap to the core layer on which the rover is presently driving on.
Curiosity went on Mars to check if the planet has a habitable environment, something already found true in the present case. The rover mission got extended and is presently assessing terrain’s younger layers while on its way to the lower part of Mount Sharp.
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