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Curiosity probably found water-rich rocks and made a new self at the foot of Mount Shar

Mars rover Curiosity continues to work, and now it moves further to the southeast, leaving the region, which the rover explored for a few weeks. There were found rocks with an unusually high content of silica and hydrogen. Perhaps, experts say that such a high concentration of hydrogen is a sign of the presence of groundwater.

In this area (Marias Pass), the rover has successfully mobilized a drill for sampling rocks from the rock «Buckskin» (deer skin). After the completion of the main works the scientists involved the camera to produce a series of images both of the region and the rover.    The rover has completed work in the Marias Pass on August 12 and then proceeded to Mount Sharp, the foot of which was reached in September 2014. In just a few days (12, 13, 14 and 18 August), the rover crossed 132 meters. The total distance covered by Curiosity on Mars, was 11.1 kilometers. Simultaneously Curiosity continues to analyze the selected samples of the breed. The analysis comes in a special compartment, internal "lab" device. Now the main task is to understand why the selected rocks have a high percentage of hydrogen - higher than in all the other places visited by the rover. Initially, the high content of hydrogen was detected using a tool Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN).

By the way, Curiosity celebrated three-year anniversary of operations on Mars. In this occasion NASA released a video, which shows the most interesting moments of the operation of the rover. For example, Curiosity could measure radiation in the air and on the surface, the rover also found traces of the presence of water on Mars in the past.

Digital cartography and GPS navigation 25-08-2015