Curiosity rover reaches dangerous ridge on Mars after 3 attempts | Albiseyler

a panoramic view of the surface of Mars from the top of a ridge, littered with rocks and hills

On Monday (September 18), NASA confirmed that after three failed attempts, its Curiosity Mars rover managed to reach an uncertain target on the Red Planet: the Gediz Vallis ridge.

About why this formation was worth the fuss Curiosity? Scientists believe that three billion years ago when Mars was much wetter than the arid land it is now, strong debris flows carried mud and boulders down the side of a nearby mountain known as Mount Sharp. According to NASAthis debris “spread into a fan that was later wind-eroded onto a towering ridge.”

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