A satellite whooshing around the Red Planet speckled a lone device, the Curiosity Rover, looking at the rocky Martian land. Now the rover around the size of a car—that has toured nearly 13 miles on the planet over the past 7 Years—is cautiously approaching the Mount Sharp’s base, a 3.5-mile tall mountain positioned in the extensive Gale Crater’s mid. The rover has been eventful in mining rock samples in a region that planetary researchers suppose was once covered in wet clay.
A major ridge, named the Vera Rubin Ridge, can be observed cutting to the rover’s left (or northwest), whereas undulations of dark sand are seen on the 6-wheeled robot’s right. The rover appears like a glossy dot as the Sun winked off Curiosity at just the right angle as the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of NASA jumped overhead.
Over the coming years, the space agency aspires for the nuclear-powered device to approach Mount Sharp to examine the landscape and enhance our comprehension of what the now-desert land appeared like billions of years ago when Mars was a bluer, wetter place. A more sophisticated car-sized probe will join Curiosity in 2020 on Mars. The new rover will examine a 30 mile-broad bowl around 1,640 ft deep, the Jezero Crater. It is deemed to have once clutched an 800-ft deep lake around 3.5 billion years ago.
On the other end, researchers might have discovered a means to make Mars habitable for humans. A recent study issued in the Nature Astronomy journal presents the notion of utilizing an insulating material known as silica aerogel. The material could be utilized to develop biospheres or domes to obstruct radiation, manage temperatures, and still enable photosynthesis. Researchers at Jet Propulsion Lab of NASA in Pasadena, California stated the Red Planet is the most livable planet besides Earth in our solar system.