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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

"Sierra Nevada" Closeup on Whale Rock, Curiosity sol 860

Filed under pretty pictures, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

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This Curiosity MAHLI image is a "focus-merge stack" made by summing all of the in-focus parts of several MAHLI images of an outcrop with different focal depths. It reveals a fascinating rock texture in an outcrop of material associated with Whale Rock. The entire field of view is about 4 centimeters wide; the light-colored grains in the rock are roughly 300 microns across. Curiosity took the photos on January 7, 2015.

NASA / JPL / MSSS

Original image data dated on or about January 7, 2015.

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

 

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