Images of Gale #25

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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.

As we begin to move back eastward across the southern part of Gale Crater, this image shows more of the dark material deposited from the large channel through the SW rim of the crater. In this image that material has a sharp edge (center of frame) where it overlays the crater floor.

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


Image ID: 
V31708002 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2009-02-06 02:41
Wed, 2013-05-08
1024 pixels (18 km)
3648 pixels (64 km)
0.017613 km/pixel
0.017741 km/pixel


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