NASA’s Curiosity Rover on Mars detected clay cache
NASA has said that drilling is called a “clay bearings unit” by the Curiosity Mars Rover in the area of the red planet, in which the majority of soil minerals are found.
Rover recently drilled two specimens on rock targets called American Space Agency “Abralady” and “Kilmarai”.
Clay is often made in water, which is essential for life. Apart from the evidence that once there was an important amount of water, what are these new findings still to debate for the area?
It is likely that rocks in the area formed in the form of layers of mud in the ancient lakes – some Curiosity also found low on the Mount Sharpe Mountain on Mars.
NASA said that water interacted with the sediments over time, leaving abundant soil in rocks.
This soil is situated on the edge of the rich region Lower Mount Sharpe.
NASA said that Rover Mineralogy Instrument, which is called Chemin (Chemistry and Mineralology), gave the first analysis of rock samples drilled in soil-bearing unit.