Curiosity-Mt Sharp

Mars Exploration

Curiosity continues to explore the region around Mt. Sharp on Mars.  This photo shows the variety of areas to explore at various elevations.  Curiosity continues to search for microbial life, as of yet none has been found.  This area may hold the best promise as the rover and scientists work together to examine the minerals found at the higher levels.  So far they have found Hematite, clay and boron at these higher levels.  So, did water exist in such a large scale at one time that it dissolved the ingredients at the lower levels, causing it to disappear below the surface?  Some of the ingredients needed to support life could be found in the lower elevation, if enough water caused pooling of these minerals.  The area in the photo covers a large area, Curiosity does not move very fast, it could take months or years to complete the exploration.