Drilling by Curiosity Mars rover in a region of the Red Earth Known as the”clay-bearing Device” has revealed the highest Quantities of clay minerals ever found during the mission, NASA has said.
The rover recently drilled two samples at rock goals called”Aberlady” and”Kilmarie”, the US space agency revealed on Wednesday.
Clay frequently forms in water, which is vital for life. Aside from proof that there was a significant quantity of water what these findings mean for the region is still up for debate.
It’s likely that the stones in the area formed as layers of mud in early lakes – some thing Curiosity also found lower on Mount Sharp mountain on Mars.
Water interacted with sediment over time, leaving an abundance of clay from the rocks there, NASA explained.
This clay-enriched area is located on the side of reduced Mount Sharp.
The rover’s mineralogy instrument, known as CheMin (Chemistry and Mineralogy), provided the first investigations of rock samples drilled from the clay-bearing unit, NASA said.