NASA’s Curiosity rover snapped an eerie image of the Mars horizon

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 6, 2019

One Sol is equal to one Martian day - with Sol 0, for Curiosity at least, being the day on which the rover first touched down on the red planet.

At present, Curiosity is making its way up a slope of rock debris called the "Central Butte", which lies at the foot of Aeolis Mons, the mountain at Gale's centre. Even after Opportunity stopped responding, Curiosity has continued its research. It plans on reaching the eroded summit called the Central Butte. The Mars rover is studying the layers of rocks worn out by weather over millennia. Recently, the lonely Mars rover sent fresh images of the crater that were featured in postcards.

When it's through exploring this side of the butte, it'll take pictures from the opposite side, NASA said.

Using the rover's "Right Navigation Camera B" on November 1, or Sol 2,573, the rover captured several close-ups before zooming out to show the harsh reality of life on the surface of our potential future offworld colony. In the focus of the picture, the central butte slowly climbs towards Mount Sharp. At the horizon, the Gale crater's rim can be seen, which was formed by a massive meteorite impact trillions of years ago.

The image seems to drive home the sheer isolation of Curiosity's mission - after the sad shutdown of Opportunity, Curiosity is now the only rover operating on Mars (InSight is a stationary lander).

Curiosity is on a mission, i.e., climbing on top of the central butte.

By analysing the layers of sedimentary rock around the Central Butte, Curiosity will allow scientists to reveal clues about the nature of water in the region in the past.

After it completes this task, Curiosity will venture to the other side of the butte, according to NASA. Curiosity will attempt to measure their dimensions by examining these sedimentary layers.

"We expect to continue having awesome views of Central Butte at our next stop!" The data will help to characterize the stratigraphic units in the rocks and their relations with each other.

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