Mars NASA Curiosity began its scientific operation in a new research region, known as Kimberley, in honor of the western Australia region. However, in a new photograph sent to the Mars Science Laboratory archive, Kimberly seems to be more Australian than mission managers had originally thought.
As noted by @ CoUdErMaNn on his Twitter account, the Curiosity camera photographed a rather interesting rock formation in front of the rover. The rock, which was formed by some process of erosion, will seem to fascinate the minds of scientists for a long time. Although at first glance, it only has the shape of Australia.
Of course, this is just another example of the Martian Pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon in which your brain takes blurry and fuzzy objects as well-known forms. But the resemblance is striking! This is particularly noteworthy, as Curiosity is currently exploring the area of Mars, named after the Australian region. Curiosity arrived in Kimberley on Wednesday and is currently exploring the rocks in the area, which may be the key to unraveling the past habitability of the Red Planet and its ancient geology. This area was carefully studied by mission staff during the year, who suspect that they will find here a real treasure for science.
“We’ve already headed for a small hill, which will give us a great view of a great view of the environment,” says Melissa Rice lead specialist from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.
Curiosity will remain on Kimberley for several weeks, retrieving regolith samples and drilling the rock in search of untouched material below the surface for subsequent chemical analysis aboard the rover.
Last year, Curiosity spent months exploring the famous Yellowknife Bay area, scooping up and drilling the surface. This new Kimberley mission will be the most extensive after Yellowknife.