NASA’s Curiosity team has a plan to get the rover to the top of a tilted area called Greenheugh in the future, but it will be months or years before it happens,media CNET reported. And now NASA scientists may have found a shortcut.
During a recent Curiosity drilling mission, scientists discovered a possible route that could allow the rover to arrive in Greenhegh ahead of schedule. “At the end of the day, we think the scientific evidence that is emerging is compelling, and it’s worth a try,” ABIgail Fraeman, nasa’s planetary geologist, wrote in an update wednesday. “
Curiosity will require several careful driving to climb steep slopes, and the rover will face a slope of at least 30 degrees. “We’ve never tried this slope before, and we don’t really know if the rover will be able to climb all the way,” Fraeman wrote. “
Recently, Curiosity has discovered some fascinating blockstructures, creating a tilt record for itself. The planned route could take the rover across the 26.9-degree mark. Despite the challenges, the Curiosity mission team doesn’t want the rover to be in any danger when it climbs.
Exploring Greenheugh should help the Curiosity team learn more about the fascinating geology of the Gale Crater. “We don’t know if we’ll be able to get it to the top of the slope, but we do know that if we reach the top, we’ll find something new,” Fraeman wrote. “