A team of experts studying data from the Curiosity rover has come to the conclusion that in the distant past, Mars experienced a planetary flood that could have been triggered by a cosmic catastrophe.
The work was carried out by employees of Jackson State University (USA), University of Hawaii and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Scientists studied data from Curiosity obtained in Gale Crater, which is estimated at 3.5-3.8 billion years old.
Scientists have concluded that the sedimentary rocks contained in Gale Crater were the result of flooding, accompanied by the rapid movement of fluid flows.
Researchers believe that the massive flood on the Red Planet occurred about 4 billion years ago as a result of a collision with another cosmic body. This event triggered a release of energy, resulting in massive ice melting. At the same time, water vapor, carbon dioxide and methane released into the atmosphere provoked climate change. Long torrential rains fell on the surface of Mars.
We add that the Curiosity rover was sent to the Red Planet on November 26, 2011, and a soft landing was made on August 6, 2012. This robot is the largest and heaviest rover ever made by man.
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