In April 2019 vehicle “Curiosity” had successfully drilled into the Martian surface two holes: one was done on a small cliff called “Aberlady”, and the second region “of Kilmarie”. These areas of interest to the heads of mission prior to its launch, because there is a huge amount of clay, which is formed in the presence of water. Camera finally studied the composition of clay the surface of Mars and found evidence that once on the planet there were oceans — who knows, maybe life on this planet is still there?
The presence of clay space Agency NASA found out a few years before the start of the mission, “Curiosity” — the discovery was made through interplanetary station Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The detection of this feature and was the main factor when selecting the location for planting. Reaching these areas, the unit has drilled holes in them — to the surprise of researchers, this Rover is not required to make great efforts.
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Samples of clay were discovered in other areas of the red planet, but in these two areas, it has a different composition. In particular, we are talking about the maximum number of clay minerals — surface in other places on the planet could not boast of their abundance. Also, the device found that the new samples contained very few mineral of iron oxide, hematite, whereas in other clay deposits it was quite a lot. Perhaps the unit was easy to drill holes thanks to a different composition of the clay.
The researchers announced that the new discovery confirms the hypothesis that once in place research “Curiosity” was a lake. The first suspicions, scientists have originated back in 2012, when the Rover found traces of dried-up riverbeds of streams.
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