Astronomers Are Amazed By Unusual and Spiky Rocks on Mars

Astronomers Are Amazed By Unusual and Spiky Rocks on Mars
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Exploring the Martian environment as much as possible is practically mandatory for space agencies if they truly want to ever send humans there. And it’s great to conclude that astronomers are doing exactly that: using powerful rovers to roam across Mars and bring back precious data.

NASA’s Curiosity rover that’s present on Mars for more than a decade, spotted unusual and spiky rocks on the planet on May 15.

The image was possible thanks to the Mast Camera (aka Mastcam) of the Curiosity rover. 

Here’s what Susanne Schwenzer had to say, the Curiosity blog post writer, as space.com quotes:

There will be a mosaic on the hill just off at a distance, now called ‘Sierra Maigualida,’ which will tell us more about the textures of the uppermost unit of the hill.

The Curiosity rover is also climbing Mount Sharp in its attempt to see various environmental positions. But the main goal arguably remains to find habitable places on the Red Planet.

NASA is not the only space agency that’s interested in exploring Mars. China’s astronomers rely on their Zhurong rover for studying the Red Planet, and the exploration began last year. The data brought by the rover indicate that liquid water existed on Mars only 700 million years ago, meaning much more recently than astronomers initially believed. 

Eva Scheller from CalTech declared for space.com the following:

One of the major things we’ll have to find out and that I look forward to seeing from the Zhurong rover is how extensive these ‘young’ water-bearing minerals are,

Are they common or uncommon in these ‘young’ rocks?

NASA hopes to send the first astronauts to the Red Planet by the end of the current decade. Space agencies still need to learn more to know for sure how the human body would react in the Martian environment, even while it’s protected by the spacesuit.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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