NASA’s Curiosity Rover Spotted Martian Clouds
The car-sized rover made to explore the Crater Gale on Mars, Curiosity, captured slendered clouds on the sky of Mars.
Launched in November 2011 from Cape Canaveral, Curiosity rover landed on Mars in August 2012 and in its 2410th mission day, on May 17, 2019, it captured these delicates clouds hovering on the sky.
NASA’s scientist, after analyzing the data received from Curiosity, sustain that these clouds were above 19-miles from the Martian surface, adding that the clouds are “noctilucent” as, because of their altitude, they can pass through the floating mass of water and ice.
This is not the first image captured by the car-sized rover, as earlier in May, it spotted some other high-altitude clouds sailing above it.
Even though Curiosity made these astonishing captures of the clouds, its primary mission on Mars is to investigate the geology and the climate of the surface of the planet.
Because the NASA scientists suspect that the lower slope of Mt. Sharp once supported a watery environment, having some conditions similar to Earth, Curiosity drilled during the month of May into the soil of particular interest, one rich in clay mineral which forms in water-rich environments.
There is zero news regarding that primitive life ever existed on Mars or some other planets, cause life – in the form we know – need water to evolve and survive.
But the images captured by Curiosity rover showed us that Mars definitely has an abundance of Earth-like clouds, so thank you, little robot car, for the exciting images captured for us.
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