NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is providing dramatic images as it weaves its way through a field of steep shifting sand dunes, revealing the textures of the downwind side for the first time.
The Bagnold Dunes field lines the northwestern flank of Mt. Sharp, the layered mountain the rover is climbing.
The rover’s investigation is designed to improve understanding about how wind moves and sorts grains of sand, in lower gravity environment and thinner atmosphere than Earth.
Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.
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