NASA’s Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars for nearly four years now, and most of the pictures it has taken have depicted an otherworldly, alien landscape, but the latest 360 Video image released on Friday shows a terrain that looks remarkably like Earth.
The image shows an area of Mars referred to as the Murray Buttes, named for Bruce Murray, the former director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages the Curiosity mission. A butte is an isolated hill, similar to a mesa, but narrower, and this one looks like a vista plucked from the deserts of the Southwestern United States.
“The buttes and mesas are capped with rock that is relatively resistant to wind erosion,” NASA wrote in a press release. “This helps preserve these monumental remnants of a layer that formerly more fully covered the underlying layer that the rover is now driving on.” READ MORE.