NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Turns to Avoid Dangerous ‘Gator Back’ Rocks (Photos)

One of NASA’s intrepid Mars rovers unexpectedly changed course to avoid dangerous “gator-back” terrain.

That Curious Rover, exploring Mount Sharp, spent most of March climbing the south side of a gentle slope called the “Greenheugh Pediment” where it encountered mainly stony sandstone. On March 18, the Rover team took off again Earth discovered unexpected terrain littered with windswept rocks called ventifacts. In response, the drivers decided to turn the research robot around a statement from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California, which is leading the mission.

https://www.space.com/curiosity-rover-dodging-gator-back-terrain-photo NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Turns to Avoid Dangerous ‘Gator Back’ Rocks (Photos)

Jane Marczewski

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