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152 views • February 9, 2023

Curiosity Rover Finds New Clues to Mars’ Watery Past

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has discovered lots of evidence of ancient lakes on the Red Planet – and this recent panorama shows intriguing new clues. Curiosity, which landed on Mars in 2012, is currently exploring a unique feature known as the “Marker Band” in the foothills of Mount Sharp. Rocks in this area show the clearest evidence yet for waves the mission has ever seen: rippled textures that formed billions of years ago, as waves on the surface of a shallow lake stirred up sediment on the lake bottom. Farther up the mountain, Curiosity can see more evidence of ancient water: wet landslides caused boulders and other debris to slip down into a valley. Curiosity caught a glimpse of this debris from a distance, but the rover's team hopes to get a closer look later in 2023. For more information on NASA's Curiosity rover, visit mars.nasa.gov/msl. For more on NASA’s Mars missions, visit mars.nasa.gov. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/University of Arizona
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