Planet mars facts collected by the rover Curiosity Mars bring more a revelation. Mount Sharp, located inside the Gale crater, could be formed from sediments deposited in the bed of a lake millions of years ago. The information came from NASA, Monday (8).
Members of the Curiosity research team explained in a press conference that recent planet mars facts suggest that Mars had a warmer climate, enabling the existence of water systems and lakes for a long period.
This time was “enough for sediments from the mount,” said Michael Meyer, chief scientist of the Mars Exploration Program at NASA.
Meyer said it is a challenge to researchers deciphers how the mountain five miles high formed. The explanation they have is that the rock layers could be formed in sediments of rivers and particles deposited by the wind.
“The observations we made so far support this hypothesis,” said John Grotzinger, California Institute of Technology in Pasadena (USA). According to him, experts expect prove it with more analysis in 2015.
The Curiosity is researching the layers of sediments bellow the mountain a rocky section of about 150 meters in a formation called Murray. It could be superposed sediments transported by rivers. After water evaporates, the wind shaped the sediments.
In addition, scientists want to solve another issue in his research on the planet Mars: if the existence of water was long enough to develop microbial life.
Planet mars facts: ingredients for life
Currently, Mars is dry, arid and windy, but ever there was water on that planet, said Ashwin Vasavada, Jet Propulsion Laboratoy (JPL), scientist of NASA in California.
Therefore, based on planet mars facts scientists, claims that the atmosphere of that planet was thicker and higher temperature, allowing the existence of water in liquid form on Mars.