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Color HiRISE swaths covering the Curiosity field site

Filed under mission status, trajectory diagrams, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

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Color HiRISE swaths covering the Curiosity field site

NASA / JPL / MSSS / UA / Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about February 5, 2016.

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David: 01/11/2015 06:20 CST

I am sure that I speak for so many of us when I say that I am glad that this day has finally come; Curiosity is about to truly climb this great Martian mountain. The proposed route up seems to me impeccable, and the terrain to be traversed will, I feel, be rich with new finds. Clearly, here is some sort of delta before an ancient arroyo through which a fluid flowed, perhaps the result of an impact that heated this glaciated peak. Oh, and why the name Mt. Sharp? Aeolus Mons implies that this massif is created (in part) by the wind, and how appropriate is that, surrounded as it is by a sea of dunes; a Dune Sea. (I personally think that Mr. Bradbury would have preferred this classical application. . . .)

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