NASA Rover captures panoramic clip of area named 'Rock Hall' on Mars

Sophie Williams

NASA’s Curiosity Rover has beamed back to earth this incredible panoramic footage of a place on Mars known as 'Rock Hall.'

Footage from the surface of Mars shows numerous boreholes created by the rover on the red planet's rocky ridge after it spent over a year exploring.

The clip recorded on January 19, shows more of the red planet's rocky terrain.

According to the agency, the rover had previously identified a strong signal of hematite, an iron rich mineral that often forms in water.

Curiosity science team member Abigail Fraeman said: “We’re leaving with a different perspective of the ridge than what we had before.”

The video shared online by NASA also includes images of the rover’s next destination which is the floor of Gale Crater.

The rover’s new location has been called the clay-bearing unit because the rocks there are said to contain phyllosilicates — clay minerals that form in water and that could tell scientists more about the ancient lakes that were present in Gale Crater.

Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity project scientist said: “In addition to indicating a previously wet environment, clay minerals are known to trap and preserve organic molecules.

"That makes the area especially promising and the team is already surveying the area for its next drill site.”

Last year, NASA's Insight rover landed on the red planet.

InSight will spend two years investigating a part of Mars that we know the leasr about - the deep interior.