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NASA rover Curiosity about to start next phase in Mars exploration

Sharon Gaudin | June 6, 2013
In a few weeks, the robotic rover will begin a 5-mile trek to Mount Sharp.

While the rover still has the rock dust in its instruments, it will take more measurements in the Glenelg area over the next few weeks . "Before we start our trek to Mount Sharp, we want to follow up on what we've already seen," said Crisp.

For instance, Curiosity will take measurements of some cross-bedded rock that scientists suspect might have been formed by stream deposits. By studying the geometry of the layers, they hope to discover what direction the water was flowing, as well as how deep it was.

While Curiosity is busy taking measurements, NASA scientists will be plotting its route to Mount Sharp, looking for interesting terrain that is not steep enough to cause the rover any trouble.


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