Curiosity rover of NASA has now beamed back a 360-degree panoramic view of the Martian landscape which has revealed the skies of the Mars. The sky of the Mars seems to be about reddish-brown skies which have darkened by the fading global dust storm which has aroused the whole red planet for many months.
In the recent image from the rover, the panoramic image was captured on Vera Rubin Ridge. This image also includes the rare view of the Mast Camera which is present in the Rover that has revealed the thin layer of the dust which is present of the deck.
On 9th August 2018, the rover has collected a rock sample and started to survey the surroundings after it. The last drills that are done by the rover are failed as it has hit the hard rocks unexpectedly, as per NASA. Curiosity has started to use a new drill method which was started earlier this year in order to make things right that was occurred during the mechanical problem. The testing of the same has shown that this method is effective to till a long way. The drilling of the rocks in the old method had suggested that the rocks are hard which may have posed a problem to it. But there is no way for the Curiosity in order to determine about the hardness of the rocks before it does any type of drilling. But when it comes to the recent drilling, the team has made a correct guess this time.
It has been observed that there is an extensive ledge which is present on the ridge. The ridge was thought to have hard rocks which can stand the wind erosion. Below them, there is a spot which is said to be having more softer erodible rocks. For now, it seems that this strategy has worked out, but the question still arises about the Vera Rubin Ridge.
It has been seen that till now the rover has never experienced this type of variation in texture as well as color, as per AshwinVasavada, who is the project scientist of Curiosity at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the US.
As per Ashwin, he said that they are visible as well as some of these rocks are visible in near-infrared. The best way to determine the hardness of the rocks presents there is by drilling them to the powder form for the rover’s internal laboratories. After analyzing one can say about the nature of the rocks and how strong are they.