NASA has released a video clip 360 ° images taken by a Scout vehicle "Curiosity" of the mountainous area of Mars.
According to the statement of the US space agency, it is an all-terrain "Curiosity" completed the exploration of the mountain ridge Vera Rubin on Mars and moved to a channel that separates this area from other mountains.
Before moving to his new destination, "curiosity" captured panoramic clips of a mountain elevation, where the last perforation of the vehicle was recorded in the area that was baptized as "Rock Hall".
Although she has already completed her mission on the ridge, the team of "Curiosity" still collected all the information that the robot gathered in this field because so far. no one was able to explain how he managed to resist erosion compared to the rocky ground around it.
The investigation of the entire terrain made it possible to find that the rocks that make up the ridge emerged as sediment in the ancient lakesimilar to rocks in the mountain range.
"We had a lot of surprises," said Abigail Fraeman, a team of science scientists from the NASA lab in Pasadena, California, USA.
In a NASA report, the previous study revealed a strong signal of hematite, a mineral rich in iron and often produced in water.
"Curiosity" is confirmed the presence of said mineral together with other indications such as crystals that in the past water was in the area.
These signs appeared in certain areas of the ridge, which scientists suspect that groundwater may have affected some parts of the mountainous region differently than others.
On the other hand, the vehicle also included pictures of the new destination, called "Glen Torridon", and the ground of the Gale Cretaceous, where Mount Sharp is located, the geological area that the vehicle has climbed since 2014.
NASA explained that Glen Torridon, a channel separating Vera Rubin from other mountains, is considered to be a "clay support" unit, since rocks contain filosylicates, i.e. so that scientists can get more information about lakes that existed in the past in the Gala craters.
"Curiosity" was sent to Mars in 2011 with the task of collecting data on its geology and climate and preparing landing of people. For this purpose, it carries out several scientific experiments, including rock drilling.