Friday, September 12, 2014

Amargosa Valley

This image from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shows the "Amargosa Valley," on the slopes leading up to Mount Sharp on Mars. The rover is headed toward the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop, seen above the scale bar. This area represents a boundary between the plains of Gale Crater, named Aeolis Palus, and the layered slopes of Mount Sharp, or Aeolis Mons. Curiosity has recently crossed into this terrain and now is on the Mount Sharp side of the transition zone.

This image was taken by the rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam). It has been white-balanced to show how the scene would appear under Earth's lighting conditions.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Note: For more information, see
* PIA18474: Slopes of Mount Sharp
* PIA18475: Curiosity's Next Steps
* PIA18780: Curiosity Rover Planned Route
* PIA18781: Map of Lower Mount Sharp
* PIA18782: Geologic Cross-Section
* NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Arrives at Martian Mountain

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