NASA Releases Curiosity's Hi-Res Images of Mountains on Mars
This week, scientists at NASA gave the world a look at mountains on Mars, taken by the Curiosity Rover.
Mount Sharp is near the rover's landing spot, and was captured here with Curiosity's 100-millimeter telephoto lens and the 34-milllimeter wide angle lens of the Mast Camera. (It also looks a lot like Arizona.)
"This is an area on Mount Sharp where Curiosity will go," writes Michael Malin, of Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego on NASA's website. "Those layers are our ultimate objective. The dark dune field is between us and those layers. In front of the dark sand you see redder sand, with a different composition suggested by its different color. The rocks in the foreground show diversity -- some rounded, some angular, with different histories. This is a very rich geological site to look at and eventually to drive through."
Curiosity is currently scheduled for a two-year mission on Mars. According to NASA, the rover will use 10 scientific instruments to determine whether the area is/has ever been suitable for microbial life.
For more information about Curiosity plus endless amounts of photos, videos, and other martian eye candy, check out the Curiosity Mission page.
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