One of the rovers that National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has deployed on Mars, Curiosity, has made an important discovery on the red planet: a formation of small dimensions, resistant to wind and erosions that occur on Mars. The American robot is exploring the Gale crater, located on ‘Mount Sharp’.
Abigail Fraeman, a planetary geologist at NASA, describes the shared image by the American body as “particularly capricious, of an interesting rock texture, I’m still dazzled by the textures we’re seeing, especially the prevalence of centimeter-sized bumps and bumps protruding from the bedrock. “
The vehicle has the mission of explore a transition zone between the unit containing clay and another containing sulfate. Both are areas of interest for experts, who continue in search of an answer to know if Mars could ever be habitable for microbial life.
From the field of view of the image that NASA has shared, everything indicates that the arch is about 16.5 centimeters in size. Michelle Minitti, a geologist with the US organization, assures that it may be made of a material that resist erosion as Gale Crater is a dusty area with a rocky landscape.
Some see snake, some see horns, some see a DNA strain, but for the moment, what I see is a great RMI mosaic on this strange edifice, likely due to differential erosion on altered rocks#chemcam @MarsCuriosity https://t.co/FyWpa85Epo
– Gwen Costuming & Cosplay … and Mars stuff 🔴 ⛏ (@GCC_Cosplay) July 28, 2021
Since 2012 the Curiosity rover is on the planet exploring this crater, in which there could be more geological signs like the one recently found. After knowing the images, some Twitter users have developed their theories about what it could be: from a snake up to a DNA strain.
Along with Curiosity, since this year the Rover Perseverance, whose mission is also to detect signs of past life on the planet. In your case, It is located in the Jezero crater.