NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has successfully taken measurements of the density of a mountain on the red planet and finds it more porous than originally thought.
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Curiosity rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager to capture a set of 55 high-resolution images, which came together to create this full-color self-portrait. The mosaic shows the rover in ‘Rocknest’, the place in the Gale crater where the first sampling of the mission took place. (Image: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Malin Space Science Systems)
The rocks on Mars are more porous and less compacted than scientists expected, according to a study that used data from NASA’s Curiosity robot.
Researchers, including those from Arizona State University (ASU) in the US UU., They measured the density of the rock layers in the 154-mile wide Gale crater on Mars.
“What we could do is measure the apparent density of material in Gale Crater,” said Travis Gabriel, a graduate student at Arizona State University.
Conclusions of the study.
The findings, published in the journal Science, show that the layers are more porous than scientists had suspected.
The discovery also gives scientists a novel technique to use in the future as the rover continues its course through the crater and towards Mount Sharp, a five-kilometer-high mountain at its center.