Mars Rover Makes Science Stop

by Rachel Baker on September 16, 2013

The Curiosity Mars rover will be making a series of stops over the course of its trip towards the foothills of Mount Sharp, which is the dominating peak of the equatorial Gale Crater.

After two months of solid driving, the Curiosity Mars rover has finally parked for a few days of intense science. It will be studying the rocks under its wheels, trying to relate them to the outcrops seen earlier in the mission. The Nasa robot will be using just its remote-sensing instruments. There is no expectation to drill.

Curiosity plans to make five such stop-overs as it pushes forward to the foothills of Mount Sharp, the big peak that dominates equatorial Gale Crater.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24107165

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