Reportedly, NASA’s Curiosity rover has made great progress ever since touching down on Mars 7 Years ago. It has voyaged 21 Kilometers (13 Miles) and soared 368 Meters (1,207 Feet) to its present location. Throughout the journey, Curiosity discovered that Mars had the circumstances to support microbial life in antiquity, among other things. And the rover has just drilled its 22nd specimen from the Mars. Before its nuclear power downgrades enough to considerably restrict missions, it still has a few additional years. At present, Curiosity is in the middle of a region investigators call the “clay-bearing division” on the Mount Sharp, inside of Gale Crater.
Billions of years earlier, there were lakes and streams in the crater. Water modified the sediment deposited in the lakes, leaving behind loads of clay minerals in the region. That was the first time when clay was detected from the space by NASA’s MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) a few years prior to Curiosity’s launch. Kristen Bennett—Co-Leads for Curiosity’s clay-unit campaign at the USGS (United States Geological Survey)—said, “This region is one of the reasons we focused Gale Crater. We have been analyzing orbiter pictures of this region for almost 10 Years, and we are able to watch very closely.” The rock samples have disclosed the high amounts of clay minerals found throughout the mission.
Recently, NASA was in news as the space agency’s CubeSat launch initiative invited the calls for consignments on Artemis 2 operation. Apparently, CubeSats could be a part of an iconic mission—Artemis 2—when NASA’s SLS (Space Launch System) rocket will take astronauts on their first journey onboard the Orion spaceship farther in the solar system than mankind has ever toured before. Artemis 2 will mark an important step in NASA’s intends to take humans to the lunar for long-duration exploration and prospect missions, including Mars.