After a few weeks off because of the pesky sun, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is awake and back to work, and scientists are about to give it a new assignment. In the coming days, Curiosity will drill into the bedrock seen here, which has been nicknamed "Cumberland."
When it drilled that rock, Curiosity found evidence of an ancient environment that could have been hospitable for Martian microbial life. Dust from the drilled rock was not red, but a powdery grayish bluish hue, which suggested the insides of Mars are not rusty (and sterile) like its exterior. But scientists want to double-check those results, and Cumberland will help them do so.
Cumberland is similar to John Klein, but it seems to have more bumps on its surface, which would have formed when the rock was soaking in water. Curiosity will drill into it in a few days.
We humans are blessed to be so smart and land a robot on Mars, to beam back pictures. I just hope in the future we humans with our smarts, do not doom ourselves on planet Earth.
Here is hope'n!
Its interesting to think that the red color is only a thin layer on the surface. That means that any human activity on Mars will dramatically change the landscape, and future generations might not know it as "The red planet"
What if the red color is a microbiological life form, living on the surface of Mars!