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August 31, 2012
Layers at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars
chapter of the layered geological history of Mars is laid bare in this
postcard from NASA's Curiosity rover. The image shows the base of Mount
Sharp, the rover's eventual science destination.
This image is a portion of a larger image taken by Curiosity's 100-millimeter Mast Camera on Aug. 23, 2012. See PIA16104.
Scientists enhanced the color in one version to show the Martian scene
under the lighting conditions we have on Earth, which helps in analyzing
For scale, an annotated version of the figure
highlights a dark rock that is approximately the same size as Curiosity.
The pointy mound in the center of the image, looming above the
rover-sized rock, is about 1,000 feet (300 meters) across and 300 feet
(100 meters) high.
› Annotated version
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
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Just got back from Hawai'i. This looks like a photo I took there http://www.flickr.com/photos/ginim/7897294426/in/set-72157631328801666/
Posted by: Virginia | Aug 31, 2012 6:58:14 PM
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