technology-news

Mars rover Curiosity makes 'pit stop' to study rocks

London, Sept. 17 : After driving for two months, the Mars Rover, Curiosity, has finally parked itself to study rocks under its wheels.


The rover will try to relate them to the outcrops that were seen earlier in the mission.

It plans to make five such stop-overs while going toward the foothills of Mount Sharp, the big peak that dominates equatorial Gale Crater.

Project scientist Prof John Grotzinger told BBC News that Curiosity will be at this location for 'a few sols only'. A sol is a Martian day, which is about 39 minutes longer than a day on Earth.

The first 'pit stop' is going to give researchers another opportunity to examine conglomerate, a rock type that consists of small pebbles that have been cemented together by finer material.

On Earth, this happens when sediment is transported in rivers, and suggests that water flowed across the floor of Gale billions of years ago.

--ANI (Posted on 17-09-2013)

technology-news headlines

Tiny robots to help you perform daily chores

Fossil of 325-million-year-old shark-like specie sheds light on evolution of jaws

Soon, wireless power zones to charge your phone

Soon, cheap computers and 'throwaway' cell phones

Scientists identify target for treating dengue

Waste sulphur to produce cheap infra-red devices

When meteors delivered vitamin B3 at your doorstep!

Believe it! These females have penises

How dust affects light reaching us from stars

Meteorites unlock secrets of Mars' early atmosphere

How brain regions develop as our ability to store memories improves

Soon, robots that are able to form 'swarms' without using any memory

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014

Comments

Your e-mail:


Your Full Name:


Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box

Message:

Back to Top