NASA's curiosity rover has taken a stunning 360 video of Mars & # 39; Vera Rubin Ridge, who has been nicknamed "Rock Hall".
The video was created from a panorama roof of the rover on December 19 and contains pictures of curiosity next destination – the floor of Gale Crater.
Curiosity's exploration of Vera Rubin Ridge can help NASA gather the story of its formation.
Abigail Fraeman, who has worked on the project, said: "We have had our fair share of surprises. We are going with a different perspective on the hill than we had before."
In the patches of the hill, curiosity discovered hematite – an iron-rich mineral that is often formed in water.
This suggests that groundwater over time has affected some parts of the back differently than others.
Mrs Fraeman said: "The whole traverse helps us understand all the factors that affect how our orbits see Mars.
"Looking close to a rover allowed us to find much more of these hematite signatures. It shows how orbits and rover science complement each other."
The Rover will now explore Glen Torrid – a region known to contain clay minerals.
Ashen Vasavada, who also works on the project, said: "In addition to indicating a previously wet environment, clay minerals are known to trap and preserve organic molecules.
"This makes this area particularly promising, and the team is already monitoring the area for its next drilling site."