NASA Mars Curiosity rover is going to be the envy of road trip goers all around the universe. Space organization recently announced Curiosity’s “summer road trip” at Mount Sharp. At the trip’s end, the Mars Curiosity rover will be easily able to ascend to the second section of the 3-mile-tall Martian (5-kilometer-tall) mountain it’s been exploring since 2014, in order to search for conditions that may have supported ancient microbial life.
The sulfate-bearing unit is another very important area of interest now that Curiosity has finished exploring the. Sulfates, like gypsum and Epsom salts, usually form around water as it evaporates, and they are yet another clue to how the climate and prospects for life changed nearly 3 billion years ago. NASA is finally able to explore the Martian surface freely without any dependencies or any other problems.
This summer, our @MarsCuriosity rover is taking a road trip. It's driving around a vast patch of sand on the way to its next stop, a part of Mount Sharp called the "sulfate-bearing unit."
📸 Landscapes from the journey: https://t.co/F4EdJ8jR5k pic.twitter.com/XWvFWgTjUP
— NASA (@NASA) July 9, 2020
NASA Mars Curiosity Rover 2020 journey
Given everything goes well, the Mars rover will reach the sulfate region later this year, but only after working its way around a wide sandy patch. NASA is very well aware of all the dangers of Mars sand. This mainly after the NASA Spirit rover got stuck in a sand trap in 2009.
Curiosity needs to navigate through rough terrain on what will shake out to be about a mile-long road summer trip. The rover team plans the basic path, but Curiosity’s automated systems will look out for and respond to potential terrain obstacles as it travels.
Just keep roving, roving, roving. I’m on a mile-long quest around deep sand to study a part of Mount Sharp called the "sulfate-bearing unit." It may give more clues how climate on Mars and its prospects for life changed nearly 3 billion years ago. https://t.co/VN9V4rjItI pic.twitter.com/ljHfxEQ1Pj
— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) July 6, 2020
Curiosity is NASA’s only working rover on Mars right now, but the agency hopes to land Telegram Channel for more such latest updates and discussions.in February, in July or August. Then we’ll have even more Mars road trips to look forward to. Let us know what you have to say about the mars curiosity rover in the comments section below! Also, don’t forget to join us on our
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