During March, NASA’s Curiosity came up and studied a peculiar rock formation. Nicknamed Mount Mercou, after a French mountain, the outcrop is estimated to be over 6 meters (about 20 feet) and shows layer upon layer of ancient sediment now turned into rock. An incredible geological find.
Mount Mercou is part of a region of Mount Sharp, which Curiosity is slowly climbing, known as the Clay Unit. The laborious rover is now heading for the sulfur-carrying unit. The current area is named after the characteristics of the French region around the city of Nontron, due to the discovery in the Martian soil of the mineral nontronite.
During this month, Curiosity made exciting science and also good photographs. He took two images of Mount Mercou from two different angles, allowing the construction of a stereoscopic 3D view, as well as one of his classic selfies.
The selfie is actually made up of 60 images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the rover’s robotic arm on March 26, which was the 3070 sol (Martian Day) that Curiosity has spent on Mars.
The last few weeks have also delivered some incredible cloud images on Mars and new panoramas of the regions, and we can’t wait to see what Curiosity will find next.