The rover that NASA has been using to explore Mars searching for life has caught an amazing panorama of the Red Planet, which shows it looking much like Earth.
The Curiosity Mars rover captured the vista on August 5th August, 4 years after it landed on Gale Crater.
The view shows eroded buttes and mesas with a flat desert-like foreground that looks eerily comparable to the southwestern United States.
The surface observed in the video is part of a geological layer known as the Murray formation that formed from lakebed mud deposits.
NASA stated the dark mesa just left of Curiosity’s robotic arm is roughly 50 feet high and 300 feet from the position of the rover.
In a prolonged mission, the rover has been analyzing younger layers as it ascends the lower section of Mount Sharp.
An important aim is to figure out how freshwater lake conditions advanced into the harsher environment, which is the Mars nowadays.
The mission is as well monitoring the modern environment of the Red Planet.
The Curiosity rover was launched on 26th November 2011 and it arrived at the on Mars on 6th August 2012.
Since that time, it has been exploring Martian the surface of Mars searching for life and water.
A spaceship designed to search the Martian atmosphere for signs of life will land in October.
The orbiter will land in the Meridiani Planum region of the Red Planet, a flat area of the Mars close to its equator.
NASA’s Opportunity rover as well landed within this ellipse close to Endurance crater in Meridiani Planum, in 2004, and has been exploring the thirteen-mile wide Endeavor crater for the last 5 years.
Endeavour is situated just outside the south-eastern extent of Schiaparelli’s landing ellipse.
Schiaparelli is riding to the Red Planet aboard the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter.
The mission launched in March 14 on a Proton rocket from Baikonur and is on course for a rendezvous with Mars on October 19.
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