NASA scientists have had a busy summer releasing results from the six-wheeled robot concerning everything from details about Mars’ atmosphere and dunes to some cool laser science. Here are some of the highlights.
Curiosity is now on the road again as the NASA Mars rover begins its two-year mission extension that started Oct. 1. The rover — which has been on the surface for more than four Earth years — is now plowing uphill on Mount Sharp (Aeolis Mons) to learn more about the Red Planet’s ancient history. It is particularly looking for signs of water in the ancient past, and one of its targets is a ridge of hematite — a mineral likely formed in water. As Curiosity leaves the geologically interesting region of “Murray Buttes” let’s see what science the hard-working rover has produced in recent months on the slopes of Mount Sharp: