Nasa Curiosity rover snaps selfie from the surface of Mars

Nasa Curiosity rover snaps selfie from the surface of Mars

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The Curiosity rover of Nasa has captured an amazing selfie from Mars.

The image was taken for celebrating a special moment- the robot carried out one chemical experiment in Mars’ Glen Etive clay-bearing region for first time ever.

One can observe two tiny drill holes on the left-hand side of Curiosity where the researchers hope to learn if life existed on Mars millions/billions of years ago.

The Nasa researchers have waited for 7 years to discover the right spot for the robot to carry out wet chemistry experiments in its portable lab.

This is the rover’s second attempt to conduct an experiment that involves wet chemicals as researchers were pressurised to use limited supplies after its drill mechanism malfunctioned in 2016.

The rover landed on Mars back in the year 2012 and began exploring Glen Etive, a ‘strategic spot’ which will help understand more about how this clay-rich region formed.

The results of this recent Curiosity experiment will be established following year.

Notably, clay-based rocky regions preserve chemical compounds well, which later breakdown with time when attacked by radiation from the Sun and the space. The researchers are intrigued to determine if any sort of organic compounds are preserved in rocks present at the Glen Etive region. Understanding how the region formed will help them get an idea about whether Mars supported life ever.

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