NASA’s Curiosity rover is still exploring the Martina Surface by itself. The probe is seeking for the indications of former life on the red planet. One of the latest segments of Curiosity’s mission is the rover has captured images of a slightly spooky view. Curiosity has relayed the imagery this weekend, which reveals the frightful site the robot aims to analyze. The faraway rim of Gale Crater is clearly visible in the picture, along with a dried-out lake with a mountain at the center. Despite being a dusty image, it is revealing many things. NASA researchers have assigned the probe with studying it to seek the evidence of past life. Currently, Curiosity is present at the base of Mount Sharp, which is an 18,000-foot-high mountain on the Red planet.
Since its landing, from 2012, curiosity has started a slow march across the Gale crater. Meanwhile, it has performed various scientific experiments. Curiosity has taken pictures of the Martian view while moving ahead towards Central Butte, a leaning rock structure. It is looking for deposited indications that pinpoint the existence of water there. At the moment, it is examining the chemical composition of the Central Butte. Even more, it is capturing pictures of various types of rocks and studying environmental conditions near the Gale Crater. Apart from this, Curiosity’s instruments are also looking over rock variations in the sector as it has found some rocks having different colors. Data gathered by Curiosity will assist in describing these units and reveal their relationship with each other.
The newly-received images at NASA and JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) reveal just what the rover is currently facing. The imagery belongs to Curiosity’s left navigation camera or nav_left_cam. In total, the probe has seventeen different cameras appended across the body. Kristen Bennett, a planetary geologist of the US Geological Survey, said after performing all these observations, Curiosity would start circling the butte to have a glance at the other side. She said they hope to continue having incredible views of Central Butte at their next stop.