Gale Crater: Geological ‘sweet shop’ awaits Mars rover
This Monday, the most sophisticated spacecraft ever sent to touch the surface of another world will land on Mars and soon begin reporting back important discoveries.
The Curiosity Rover - also called the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) - is set to land on Monday (GMT) for a minimum two-year exploration of a deep hole on Mars' equator known as Gale Crater.
The depression was punched out by an asteroid or comet billions of years ago.
The lure for Grotzinger and his fellow scientists is the huge mound of rock rising 5km from the crater floor.