Images of Gale #14

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.

We've moved slightly westward of yesterday's image and see one of the unusual features of Mt. Sharp. The highest elevation of the layered deposit occurs at the top of this image, but just south of the center of the image is a peak that does not appear to be layered and is eroding in a different manner than the rest of Mt. Sharp. This location and appearance of this rugged peak point to it being the remnent of a central peak formed at the time Gale Crater was created.

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


Image ID: 
V01132001 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2002-03-17 17:34
Mon, 2013-04-22
1024 pixels (18 km)
3648 pixels (64 km)
0.017688 km/pixel
0.017817 km/pixel


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