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NASA rover finds diverse minerals in Martian rocks

NASA rover finds diverse minerals in Martian rocks

Curiosity landed near Mount Sharp in Gale Crater in August 2012. It reached the base of the mountain in 2014. Layers of rocks at the base of Mount Sharp accumulated as sediment within ancient lakes around 3.5 billion years ago. 

See pic: Stunning layered rocks adorn the surface of Mars – NASA's Curiosity goes click-click!

See pic: Stunning layered rocks adorn the surface of Mars – NASA's Curiosity goes click-click!

Curiosity has beamed back in what appears to be beautifully detailed colour images of the Martian surface.

Curiosity rover tastes scooped sand for first time on Mars

Curiosity rover tastes scooped sand for first time on Mars

Curiosity has scooped up sample material at only one other site since it landed on Mars in August 2012.

Curiosity spots loads of silica on Mars, bolsters water presence

Curiosity spots loads of silica on Mars, bolsters water presence

Water that is acidic would tend to carry other ingredients away and leave silica behind.

Ancient lakes at Gale Crater reveal Mars' wet paleoclimate

Ancient lakes at Gale Crater reveal Mars' wet paleoclimate

Mars Science Laboratory presents recent results of its quest to not just follow the water but to understand where it came from, and how long it lasted on the surface of Mars so long ago.

Curiosity rover captures petrified sand dunes on Mars

Curiosity rover captures petrified sand dunes on Mars

 NASA's Curiosity rover has captured large-scale inclined bedding structures on Mars - characteristic of deposits that formed as sand dunes and then cemented into rock.