NASA’s Curiosity Rover Moves Closer to Solving the Mysterious Disappearance of Water on Mars | UAP

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In the distant past, Mars was once a much warmer and wetter planet than its barren red landscape would indicate today. Now, NASA’s Curiosity Rover has begun investigations of an area that could offer significant insights into the disappearance of liquid water on Mars, when that occurred, and whether it could have been host to life on the Red Planet.

The rover’s investigations have recently brought it to the Gediz Vallis channel, an area that billions of years ago would have looked far more like Earth. Based on the data Curiosity obtains during its explorations, scientists hope to understand how the Gediz Vallis channel formed and whether the ancient channel was indeed the result of the windings of an ancient river that once coursed along the Martian surface.

Map detailing region of Curiosity’s investigations at Mount Sharp, with the Gediz Vallis channel visible near the center, top (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/Univ. of Arizona/JHUAPL/MSSS/USGS Astrogeology Science Center).

A Decade of Exploration

NASA’s Curiosity rover touched down at the Bradbury Landing site in “Yellowknife” Quad of Aeolis Palus in early August 2012. The following June, it was announced that the rover would begin its roughly five-mile (8 km) trek to the base of Aeolis Mons, otherwise known as Mount Sharp, which forms the central peak of Gale Crater.

Curiosity has spent the last decade making its way up the mountain, traversing the peak’s layered lower foothills and allowing scientists to observe an area that showcases the changes of the Martian landscape over time.

One of Curiosity’s primary objectives is to determine whether water and the chemicals required for life to exist would have been present in the area. The existence of clay minerals already shows that water would…

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