NASA's Curiosity rover finds ancient waves on Mars

Ancient Martian Waves

A NASA rover exploring the foothills of a Martian mountain has found rippled rocks that offer scientists the clearest evidence yet of ancient water waves on the red planet.

Curiosity, a car-sized robot that has been rumbling about Mars for a decade, snapped photos of the peculiar geology in mid-December (Opens in a new tab). The rocks are like the wavy patterns one might find when the tide rolls back the ocean from a beach, exposing shaky tracks on the temporarily exposed sand.

Mission scientists say waves of water lapping the surface of a shallow lake created these ridges perhaps billions of years ago. The movement above stirred up sediment from below, they suspect, and formed the combed texture. NASA's Curiosity rover finds ancient waves on Mars

Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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