Purple-coloured rocks discovered on Mars by NASA's Curiosity Rover

30 December 2016, 05:51 PM
Purple-coloured rocks discovered on Mars by Curiosity Rover
Purple-coloured rocks discovered on Mars by Curiosity Rover

Mars- the red planet has always amazed scientists and earthlings with the new findings of spoon, water or ice. NASA’s Curiosity, the car-sized robotic rover keeps sending updates and images of Mars and every time it sheds new light on the possibilities of human existence on Mars.

Lately, NASA’s Curiosity Rover captured a new image of Mar’s mountainous landscape, with purple-colored rocks littered across the foreground of the image.

The close-up shot from Mastcam shows purple-colored rocks near the rover’s late-2016 location on lower Mount Sharp. Variations in the hues of rocks hint at the diversity of their composition on lower Mount Sharp, NASA said.

However, the purple tone of the rocks has also been seen in other rocks where Curiosity’s Chemical and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument has detected hematite, it said.

The scene has been adjusted with white balance to compare and imagine the hues of rocks with that on earth.

The orange-looking rocks above the purplish foreground ones are in the upper portion of Murray formation, which is the basal section of Mount Sharp, extending up to a ridge-forming layer called the Hematite Unit.

First Published: Friday, December 30, 2016 04:43 PM
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