Recently, NASA’s rover Curiosity has been up to its wheel treads with Mars pebbles. The rover is heading to a possible drill site and en route it is doing some sightseeing. The views that it has captured consist of an enchanting collection of rounded pebbles. While some of the rock seems that they might have been picked from a stream bed; whereas some of the smaller and colourless pebbles look like strikingly round peas.
Kevin M. Gill, who is a software engineer takes care of data for NASA and processes space images, offered up an amplified version of the pebble field that might helps the greyer stones stand out from the rest.
Curiosity’s raw images from 23 and 24 March are full of diverse views of these rocks. The rover team is examining the pebbles in order to learn more about its chemical composition. Some of the pebbles are remindful of rocks formerly seen on the Red Planet i.e. Mars that look like blueberries or miniature cannonballs.
Some “blueberries” found by the Opportunity rover in 2004 are the size of blueberries and rich in hematite. NASA indicated that those spherules might be accretions that grew inside water-soaked deposits.
Curiosity seems to be working just fine after facing some technical glitches in February and earlier in March. NASA switched the rover over to a different computer “brain” to get it back into operation. The lovely new images of Mars’ beautiful looking pebbles are a good indication of the mission running smoothly.