Sunday, January 6, 2013

Mars rover Curiosity explores lowland Yellowknife Bay

The Mars rover Curiosity, a key element of the mission Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) NASA resumed traffic January 3 and drove right up to the twisting geological formation, called Snake river ("Zmeistaya river").

Snake River is a thin curved line of dark rock, running through between flat slabs of lighter rocks and towering over the sand. Curiosity rover science team plans to study this form of relief in detail, before switching to other nearby rocks.

The visit, which took place on the Red Planet on the 147th sol (Martian day), Curiosity moved three meters to the north-west, and general all-terrain vehicle odometer now comprise 702 meters. Currently, the rover is in a shallow valley, known Yelloknife Bay.

The main purpose of NASA's robotic Mars mission MSL is found on the surface of the Red Planet in the presence of traces of what it organic life.

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