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It's official now: Curiosity is going to Gale

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

22-07-2011 12:50 CDT

Topics: Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

The news leaked a few weeks ago has turned out to be true: the next Mars rover, Curiosity, will be headed for Gale crater on Mars when it launches at the end of this year. I had no particular horse in this race -- I'm just glad that the selection has finally been made! I'm now writing an article on the selection process for the next issue of The Planetary Report (join the Planetary Society now if you'd like to receive this lovely magazine), and have collected links to lots of useful background information on the selection, which I've posted below. Plus, I got an email from Tanya Harrison sharing with me this awesome Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Context Camera mosaic covering all of Gale crater that she put together "just for fun," she says. My kind of fun!

Gale Crater

NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / Tanya Harrison

Gale Crater
A mosaic of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Context Camera images covering all of Gale Crater. The whole crater is about 150 kilometers in diameter.
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