by Douglas Black September 12, 2016
Since landing on the red planet in 2012 and noodling around apropos to its name, our Man on Mars has rewarded the home office with more stunning photos. NASA has released shots taken Sept. 8 by the Curiosity Rover, which has served its makers far and away above the call of duty.
“Curiosity’s science team has been just thrilled to go on this road trip through a bit of the American desert Southwest on Mars,” said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
After landing near the rim of Gale Crater base in the Southern Hemisphere of our neighboring planet, Curiosity has traveled several miles in a serpentine route, investigating how and when the habitable ancient conditions known from the mission’s earlier findings evolved into conditions drier and less favorable for life.
It now leaves Murray Butte and will explore further on Mount Sharp.
Douglas Black writes and shoots photos from a room high above the streets of Chicago.