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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Unusual paper-thin erosion of a rock seen by Curiosity, sol 601

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

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Unusual paper-thin erosion of a rock seen by Curiosity, sol 601 In the region of the Kimberley waypoint, Curiosity has spotted many rocks eroded into fantastic shapes by the wind. Here, a plate of rock has been eroded incredibly thin and completely through to form holes in some places.

NASA / JPL / MSSS / Emily Lakdawalla

Here is the original photo. The version above has been cropped and then slightly blurred and downsampled in order to reduce the very strong JPEG compression artifacts in the original photo. It ought to be replaced with a better version once the data are released to the PDS.

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This image is in the public domain. Original image data dated on or about April 15, 2014

 

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