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Curiosity zaps Mars : Slideshow

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Coronation, in the left-hand side of the picture, sits to the right of the rover. Pretty tiny, up there in vast space. For both a rover and a rock.


Just in case you were wondering, a close-up to the rock of interest. Which, as it happens, also has its own Twitter meme. If N165 tweets back, suddenly Mars just got even more interesting.

A 360-degree Martian Panorama, of lands you and I have never seen. (Take a moment to appreciate that.) The base of Mount Sharp is over there in the top left.

We like this because it gives you a full scope of where Curiosity is in the Martian landscape. Mount Sharp, the Rover's future destination after Glenelg, presides in the distance. 

This photo is worth looking at just to get an idea of the … non-descriptness of what scientists are looking at, and for, out there on the Red Planet. The insets point out rocks of interest, notable for their length (1-4 inches) and composition (fragments/dust/clast). Clast, for all those wondering (according to Wiki): "Clastic rocks are composed of fragments, or clasts, of pre-existing minerals and rock fragments. Geologists use the term clastic with reference to sedimentary rocks as well as to particles in sediment transport whether in suspension or as bed load, and in sediment deposits." So, there.



In this cylindrical image, it appears as if you are tucked beneath the rover, a rare human oasis in Gale Crater, peering out into the vastness.




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