Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Mount Sharp and Curiosity's Mission
One theory is that it was built up by two different episodes of deposition. The first was formed in a lake that filled the crater.
If you think this sounds like a bunch of guesses, well, so do some geologists. But they hope that by sending Curiosity to explore the mountain they will bet a better idea of what it is made of, and therefore how it formed. Which should give us a better idea of the forces that shaped the surface of Mars.