“From orbit, we already had an idea of the mineral composition of the slopes of Mount Sharp. But to learn more, we had to go there. It is now done. And we were able to produce images revealing in detail the organization of the sedimentary layers and the conditions under which they were formed. “ And these change radically over the several hundred meters of depth of relief explored. Betraying climatic changes occurred in the past.
William Rapin is part of the Franco-American team that operates with the Curiosity rover. He is more exactly a specialist ininstrument ChemCam – for Chemistry Camera complet. “The particularity of this instrument – beyond the fact that it was made in France – is that it is equipped with a telescope. In principle, this is used to focus a laser to analyze rocks near the rover. But this time, we diverted the use of this telescope to record images and analyze outcrops in the landscape as Curiosity approached Mount Sharp. “
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