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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Altar Mountain

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Altar Mountain Curiosity investigated a spot called Altar Mountain at the Darwin waypoint on sol 394. This MAHLI image, taken of a mostly shadowed spot on the outcrop, shows that Bardin Bluffs is a poorly sorted pebble conglomerate. Most of the grains are subangular, with gravel measuring 4 to 10 millimeters across. The poor sorting and disorganization suggests it was deposited rapidly.

NASA / JPL / MSSS

The description is paraphrased from a talk given by Aileen Yingst to the 2014 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

This is a MAHLI focus merge product; it was made on the rover's sol 396 from data acquired on sol 394.

Original image data dated on or about September 14, 2013.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

 

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