New colored photos of the amazing landscape of Mars have been taken by the NASA rover which help to better understand the landscape of the planet, NASA has released the photos.
The rover took the photos in the area of lower Mount Sharp in the “Murray Buttes” region which is an 18,000 foot mountain, the rover has been based there since 2014.
Ashwin Vasavada, a scientist of the Curiosity project said the whole team was “thrilled” and compared the Martian landscape to that of the American desert of the Southwest.
The photos show huge rock formations which scientist say are the remains of ancient sandstone, Ashwin Vasavada said,
“Studying these buttes up close has given us a better understanding of ancient sand dunes that formed and were buried, chemically changed by groundwater, exhumed and eroded to form the landscape that we see today.”
After completely exploring this are completely and finishing the drilling the rover will move further higher on Mount Sharp.
The Curiosity rover made landfall on Mars in 2012 and in 2014 it found substantial evidence of ancient Martian lakes which further proved the chance of microbial life being present on the planet.
Currently the objective of Curiosity is to find out how the life sustaining conditions of Mars turned into this hot climate which is not favorable for the sustenance of life.