Images of Gale #18

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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.

Today's image shows almost the same region as the previous image - showing the major channel that started near the top of Mt. Sharp. Near the top of this image is a wide valley that reaches to the crater floor and the nearby dunes. It is this valley that has been chosen as a possible route for Curiosity to use for driving onto Mt. Sharp.

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


Image ID: 
V35551002 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2009-12-19 13:02
Fri, 2013-04-26
1024 pixels (18 km)
3648 pixels (65 km)
0.018024 km/pixel
0.018508 km/pixel


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