Drilling by Curiosity Mars rover at a region of the Red Earth Known as the”clay-bearing Device” has Shown the highest Quantities of clay minerals found during the mission, NASA has Stated.
Clay often forms in water, which is vital for life. Aside from proof that there was a substantial amount of water what these findings mean for the region remains up for debate.
It’s likely that the rocks in the region formed as layers of mud in ancient lakes – some thing Curiosity also found lower on Mount Sharp mountain on Mars.
Water interacted with sediment over time, leaving plenty of clay in the stones there, NASA said.
This clay-enriched region is located on the side of lower Mount Sharp.
The rover’s mineralogy instrument, known as CheMin (Chemistry and Mineralogy), provided that the very first analyses of rock samples drilled from the clay-bearing unit, NASA said.