Riverbed gravel in Gale crater?

Gravel in Gale crater which resembles that found in riverbeds on Earth. Click for larger image. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

The gravel in this recent image from the Curiosity rover is interesting. It looks like riverbed gravel on Earth, and the rover is still on the outskirts of an alluvial fan in Gale crater, which is thought to have been formed by an old stream entering the crater in the distant past. During last Wednesday’s NASA teleconference, it was noted that the scientists involved are excited about this, but are not saying much until they know more. In today’s teleconference, it was mentioned that they are still working on examining the terrain in this area overall, with maybe more information by next week.

Paul Scott Anderson is a freelance space writer with a life-long passion for space exploration and astronomy. He started his blog The Meridiani Journal in 2005, which is a chronicle of planetary exploration. He also publishes The Exoplanet Report e-paper. In 2011, he started writing about space on a freelance basis, and now also currently write for AmericaSpace and Examiner.com. He has also written for Universe Today and SpaceFlight Insider, has been published in The Mars Quarterly and has done supplementary writing for the well-known iOS app Exoplanet for iPhone and iPad.

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