Just Your Typical Everyday View of a Mountain on Another Planet. NBD.

Mosaic of Curiosity Mastcam images from May 11, 2015. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. Edited by Jason Major.
Mosaic of Curiosity Mastcam images from May 11, 2015. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. Edited by Jason Major.

Of course, one of the amazing things about this image is that it IS pretty much something we can see every day, thanks to NASA’s roving robot on Mars!

This is a mosaic of seven raw images acquired by Curiosity’s Mastcam on May 11, 2015 – aka mission Sol 981. The view is looking east toward Mount Sharp (Aeolis Mons) which rises 18,000 feet (5,480m) from the floor of Gale Crater. The valley in the foreground, as well as the rock outcrops around it, have attracted mission scientists because it seems to have been carved out from the surrounding area and then filled in with sediment and sand.

“It’s exciting to see this on Mars for the first time,”said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada at JPL. “Features like this on Earth capture evidence of change. What in the environment changed to go from depositing one kind of sediment, to eroding it away in a valley, to then depositing a different kind of sediment? It’s a fascinating puzzle that Mars has left for us.”

The view above uses colors as detected by the rover’s Mastcam. For an idea of what the same scene would look like under Earthlike lighting, see below:

Mosaic of Curiosity Mastcam images from May 11, 2015. Adjusted for terrestrial lighting. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. Edited by Jason Major.
Mosaic of Curiosity Mastcam images from May 11, 2015. Adjusted for terrestrial lighting. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. Edited by Jason Major.

Curiosity is now heading toward its next science objective, an area called Logan Pass just off to the right in the image above.

Find out where Curiosity is now here, and learn more about mission updates and find the latest raw images on the main website here.

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13 Comments

  1. aryasonaimza says:

    Reblogged this on aryasonaimza's Blog and commented:
    Di Mars

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  2. There is some seriously cool science coming out of the Martian exploration programmes – and some seriously cool photography! This pic really sums it up!

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  3. Natalie Bourn says:

    I love all of the amazing astronomy investigations you post!! I get so much learning out of it everytime I read your posts!!

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      1. Natalie Bourn says:

        You’re welcome!

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  4. Natalie Bourn says:

    I just love astronomy!

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    1. Jason Major says:

      Well you’re among like-minded people here!

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  5. Awesome view of other planet…thanks for sharing them….i like to read all post from your blog….

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  6. nrdgrl71 says:

    Reblogged this on nrdgrlsciencescoop and commented:
    Love it!

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  7. shagilchaudhary says:

    cool astronomy is beautiful as always

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  8. Love the photos and the text.

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  9. shanormous says:

    if our government was involved theyd be trying to sell this as beach front property what a bunch of rotten clowns ,what do you think of our state in the nworld

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