Curiosity, the Mars rover spacraft, has been on the red planet for almost a month. It has been sending back pictures enthralling pictures of the surface of Mars and beaming back to Earth Will.I.Am’s new single. The rover spacecraft had also uploaded a new “surface” software fit and replaced the code it used for its 354 million miles journey and complicated landing on Mars. Now, it is time to actually explore.
NASA revealed that Curiosity’s first destination is an area around its Gale Crater landing site, where three kinds of terrain fused together in such an interesting way. It was three different rock formation that scientist believe can help them understand the history of the crater and of Mars as a whole. The site is named Glenelg, after a rock formation in northern Canada. The travel to Glenelg, which is about 1,600 feet the landing site, will take about a month or more depending on how many stops the spacecraft takes.
“Probably we’ll do a month worth of science there, maybe a little bit more,” lead mission scientist John Grotzinger told reporters during a conference call Friday. “Sometime toward the end of the calendar year, roughly, I would guess then we would turn our sights toward the trek to Mount Sharp.”
Mount Sharp is the rover’s primary mission. It is a three-mile high mound with layers of exposed rock that possibly has the building blocks of Mar’s microbial life.
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