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A Rover's Photo Album

A Rover's Photo Album

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, December 27, 2018/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, art and design, environment, adventure

                              Mount Sharp Layered Sandstone, Gale Crater Mars (credit: NASA/JPL/CalTech

NASA's Curiosity rover has been exploring the landscapes and geology of Gale Crater and its central massif, Mount Sharp, since landing on Mars in 2012. The rover has captured remarkable photographs of layered outcrops, the surrounding terrain, and a series of outcrops known as the "Murray Buttes". According to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the buttes and mesas are eroded remnants of ancient sandstones on the flank of central mountain in the crater. The layering or "cross-bedding" indicates the sandstones were wind deposited and originated as migrating sand dunes.


                    Gale Crater Landscape from Mount Sharp  (credit: NASA/JPL/CalTech)  Murray Buttes, Mars

If you didn't know better, the images from Mars could easily be mistaken for canyonlands and buttes in the American Southwest of Utah or Arizona.



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