Toward the beginning of March, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover started moving toward an amazing stone development that researchers named "Mont Marcou," an epithet taken from a mountain in France. Standing around 20 feet (6 meters) tall, the outcrop is caught on the whole its highness in another selfie, just as in a couple of panoramas that offer a 3D view. The selfie shows Curiosity before Mont Mercou with another drill opening close by at a stone example nicknamed "Nontron"— the mission's 30th example to date.
Curiosity's drill powered the example before streaming it into instruments inside the rover so the science group could improve understanding of the stone's structure and what signs it may offer about Mars' past. This region is at the progress between the "earth bearing unit" Curiosity is withdrawing and the "sulfate-bearing unit" that is ahead on Mount Sharp, the 3-mile-tall (5-kilometer-tall) mountain that the rover has been moving up since 2014. Researchers have since a long time ago idea this progress may uncover what happened to Mars as it turned into the desert planet we see today.
France's Mont Mercou is situated close to the town of Nontron in the southeast of the country. The group picked Nontron-related monikers for this piece of the Red Planet since Mars orbiters identified nontronite, a sort of mud mineral discovered near Nontron, in the district. Surface missions relegate monikers to tourist spots to give the mission's colleagues a typical method to allude to rocks, soils, and other geologic highlights of interest.
The selfie is made out of 60 pictures taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the rover's automated arm on March 26, 2021, the 3,070th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. These were joined with 11 pictures taken by the Mastcam on the pole, or "head," of the rover on March 16, 2021, the 3,060th Martian day of the mission.
Curiosity likewise gave a couple of panoramas utilizing its Mastcam on March 4, 2021, the 3,049th Martian day of the mission. By shooting one scene from around 130 feet (40 meters) away from the outcrop, at that point moving aside and shooting another from a similar distance, the rover made a stereoscopic impact like those found in 3D viewfinders. Considering the outcrop from more than one point assists researchers with finding out about the 3D calculation of Mount Mercou's sedimentary layers. An anaglyph of the picture can be seen through red-blue glasses, which you can figure out how to make here.