Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Curiosity's first destination: Glenelg
Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, amateur image processing, Mars, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)
A cropped view of a HiRISE image taken 6 days after Curiosity landed includes a "triple junction" of three different rock types. The team named that spot "Glenelg" and planned to make that Curiosity's first driving destination. The rover is visible at far left, surrounded by a dark splash where its landing jets disturbed the dust.
NASA / JPL / UA / Emily Lakdawalla
The image spans 900 by 600 meters and is 50 centimeters per pixel at its full resolution; north is up. Colors have been stretched to increase the contrast among the rock types. The original image may be downloaded here.
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Original image data dated on or about August 12, 2012
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