Stunning photos of Mars taken by the Curiosity rover show climate change

Stunning photos of Mars taken by the Curiosity rover show climate change

A venerable Red Planet rover could spot signs of the Martian climate drying up in ancient times.

NASA’s long-running Curiosity mission, which will reach its 10th Earth year anniversary on the Red Planet in August, is ascending the slopes of Mount Sharp (Aeolis Mons) to track how Mars’ climate has changed over the eons . During the last year or so of its roaming, Curiosity noticed the water-rich clay giving way to a transition zone filled with salty sulfate. Scientists currently believe these features mark where streams dried up and sand dunes formed, according to a NASA statement. (opens in a new tab).

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