Apparatus "Kyuriositi" studied the clay surface of Mars and found signs of water

In April 2019 the unit "Kyuriositi" successfully drilled two holes on the surface of Mars, one has been done on a small cliff called "Aberlady", and the second - in the field "Kilmarie". These zones are interested in the mission leaders even before its launch, because they have a huge amount of clay that forms in the presence of water. The device finally learned the composition of the clay and the surface of Mars have found evidence that once existed on the planet's oceans - who knows, maybe life on this planet still there?


The presence of clay space agency NASA has learned a few years before the start of the mission "Kyuriositi" - the discovery was made thanks to the interplanetary station Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Detection of this feature and was the main factor in choosing a site for planting. Reaching these areas, the machine drilled holes in them - to the surprise of the researchers, this rover was not required to make a great effort.

Water on Mars may actually be

Samples of clay were found in other areas of the Red Planet, but in these two areas it has a different composition. In particular, it is about the maximum amount of clay minerals - the surface of the other places in the world could not boast an abundance of them. Also, the unit found that the new samples contained very little of the iron oxide mineral, hematite, while in other clay sediments it was quite a lot. Perhaps the machine was easy to drill holes thanks to a different composition of the clay.


The researchers announced that a new discovery supports the hypothesis that once the on-site investigations "Kyuriositi" was a lake. The first suspicions of scientists appeared in the 2012, when the rover found traces of dried-up beds of streams.

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