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The adventures of the Curiosity rover in Gale crater: exploring Mars geology by robot

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Humans send robots to Mars in general to search for evidence for extraterrestrial life, in particular ancient life. This is not such an easy task. Crucial to this endeavour is finding the right rocks that might contain ancient biosignatures. But how do we go about this? Sedimentary rocks are the ‘go to’ archives for this search. And reconstructing what the early martian landscape looked like and whether it represented an environment suitable for life to have formed, flourished and its evidence preserved in strata is the goal of geologists exploring Mars. In this talk, I discuss how we do this on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover mission in a particular with a focus on recent investigations, and how we will be doing this in the upcoming ESA /Roscosmos ExoMars 2020 rover mission and the NASA Mars 2020 rover mission.

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