Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Mount Sharp (Mastcam-100 panorama, sol 45)

Mount Sharp (Mastcam-100 panorama, sol 45)
Mount Sharp (Mastcam-100 panorama, sol 45) Mount Sharp, also called Aeolis Mons, is a layered mound in the center of Mars' Gale Crater, rising more than 5 kilometers above the crater floor, where Curiosity has been working since the rover's landing in August 2012. Lower slopes of Mount Sharp are the major destination for the mission. NASA / JPL / MSSS

This mosaic was assembled from dozens of images from the 100-millimeter-focal-length telephoto lens camera mounted on the right side of the Mastcam instrument. The component images were taken during the 45th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's mission on Mars (Sept. 20, 2012). The sky has been filled out by extrapolating color and brightness information from the portions of the sky that were captured in images of the terrain.

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