Within weeks, the Perseverance rover and his helicopter companion could jump into space and head to Mars. This doesn’t mean that Curiosity will no longer be pictured, however, in effect, the older rover has just started his one-mile summer journey to his next destination. The next stop for the Curiosity rover is Mount Sharp’s “sulphate carrier”. Given that here on Earth, sulphates usually form around the water as they evaporate, data collected by the rover could give us a clue as to how the Martian climate and its life prospects have changed over the past 3 billion years.
Curiosity has studied the clay-rich environment of Mount Sharp since early 201