Curiosity’s trip has been captured in an interesting image.
The school bus sized rover has left a trail that the orbiting Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera captured.
The rover is currently making its way to the Kimberley area. It was named after the Western Australian region.
Oddly enough, Curiosity took this image of a rock that looks strikingly like Australia.
Curiosity will remain at the Kimberly for several weeks scooping samples of regolith (a layer of loose, heterogeneous material covering solid rock that includes dust, soil, broken rock, and other related materials) and drilling into rocks to access the pristine material below the surface for analysis in the rover’s on board chemistry suite.
Although the path as been winding and strange, Curiosity is making good headway. Stay tuned for further updates.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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