Discover the Mars Gale Crater in a Virtual Tour
While NASA’s Curiosity rover has been on Mars since 2012, it was not until late last year, when the rover reached the base of 3 mile high Mount Sharp in the middle of Gale Crater, that it became a part of mainstream news. Now not only is the rover providing valuable intel to NASA, it is also serving as a conduit for normal people to take a virtual tour of the red planet while in the comfort of their homes.
The Gale Crater was not the first or only choice for the rover, before departure, the Eberswalde and Holden Crater were also considered as well as the Mawrth Vallis all for their unique properties resembling some sort of an ‘earthly’ experience. However, the Gale Crater was chosen because of the mountain and its clay rich base which suggested water presence.
Well it seems like the choice was right because after just 7 miles of exploration of the crater, there has been so much evidence that confirms that ancient Mars was a lot similar to Earth on account of a warm climate, water presence and signs of microbial life.
In a spot called the Yellowknife Bay, the rover found signs of an ancient environment that was once wet and filled with signs of materials that could support living things. Not only that, according to recent studies, this wasn’t an isolated site since there have been more signs of series of lakes in the Gale Crater.
The amazing Gale Crater tour can be seen in this virtual tour.