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Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks


Possible mud cracks on Mars

The network of cracks in this Martian rock slab called "Old Soaker" may have formed from the drying of a mud layer more than 3 billion years ago. The view spans about 3 feet (90 centimeters) left-to-right and combines three images taken by the MAHLI camera on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Scientists used NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying mud.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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