Curiosity Landing Site

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

During the month of April Mars will be in conjunction relative to the Earth. This means the Sun is in the line-of-sight between Earth and Mars, and communication between the two planets is almost impossible. For conjunction, the rovers and orbiting spacecraft at Mars continue to operate, but do not send the data to Earth. This recorded data will be sent to Earth when Mars moves away from the sun and the line-of-sight between Earth and Mars is reestablished. During conjunction the THEMIS image of the day will be a visual tour of Gale Crater, the location of the newest rover Curiosity.

Our first image of Gale Crater contains the landing site of the rover in approximately the center of the image. The dark material is sand in the form of dunes, which the rover will have to navigate through to get to the layered central deposit. The layered deposit is called Mt. Sharp.

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images. 


Image ID: 
V23897001 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2007-05-04 22:01
Wed, 2013-04-03
1024 pixels (18 km)
3648 pixels (64 km)
0.017734 km/pixel
0.017863 km/pixel


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