Images of Gale #24

Scaled Image

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.

In this image the large channel from the previous image is just visible at the bottom left of the frame. The rough appearing dark material at the bottom of the image was likely deposited by the large channel. This image shows how close that material is to Mt. Sharp and also how different the two deposits appear in a visible wavelength image.

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


Image ID: 
V33966002 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2009-08-11 01:10
Tue, 2013-05-07
1024 pixels (21 km)
3648 pixels (69 km)
0.018957 km/pixel
0.020668 km/pixel


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