Images of Gale #15

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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 conjunctionthe THEMIS image of the day will be a visual tour of Gale Crater, the location of the newest rover Curiosity.

The highest elevations of Mt. Sharp are just outside this image (to the east). In the center of this image is a channel. This channel indicates that fluids have played a part in eroding Mt. Sharp. Other erosion features indicate that wind probably also has played a part in eroding the deposit.

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


Image ID: 
V35214002 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2009-11-21 19:07
Tue, 2013-04-23
1024 pixels (21 km)
3648 pixels (68 km)
0.018835 km/pixel
0.020533 km/pixel


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