The Wonders of the Red Planet

Have you seen the most recent pics from the Curiosity Mars Rover? Amazing doesn’t even begin to cover the pics we have been getting lately!


Some of the best pics we have received are those of the Mount Sharp area, which are pictures that show multiple layers of rock and a lakebed that is sedimentary. The lakebed itself (of course) is evidence of a large body of liquid that dominated the region billions of years ago.

To be more specific, based on the sediment and surrounding rock layers, scientist believe that Mars featured rivers and lakes somewhere between 3.3 and 3,8 billion years before Curiosity touched down.

The evidence of rock formations carved out by liquid (and I use the term liquid because, as we know, rivers and lakes can be composed of more than our native h20) and the sediment in the areas stimulate the imagination.

Did Mars have life forms dependent on the rivers and lakes, or organisms that lived within them, before a climate shift made life on Mars impossible?

What does the red planet have to show us about our own world’s cosmological development in comparison?

The most recent pictures show us Mount Sharp and the surrounding area in some stellar (sorry, astronomer humor) panoramic views that are reminiscent of some of the dessert areas on our own little blue sphere.

As Curiosity continues it exploratory mission (which is now in its fourth year) the rover will drill for more samples and make its way and south, with a path that will gain altitude as it climbs Mount Sharp.

Author’s Final Thought Provoking Question: Do you think that our knowledge of Mars should in some way affect our thinking about global warming on Earth?