Balanced rock on Mars

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Balanced rock on Mars

Cool image time! Prior to going into safe mode Curiosity’s mast camera took a series of images of its surroundings, as is routine as the rover travels. Among those images was the image above, though I have cropped it and reduced its resolution to show here. It reveals a balanced rock on the horizon. It also shows, as do the other survey images, how increasingly rough the terrain is becoming that Curiosity is traveling through.

The Curiosity science team has no intention of getting too close to this rough terrain, but they do hope to get better views of this rock as they continue the rover’s journey uphill.

One comment

  • Localfluff

    They certainly need to have a better look at that thing. Is it maybe some kind of illusion? Its shape and place are unreasonable, and it is darker than most of its surroundings. Something is wrong with this picture and cameras don’t always tell the truth at first sight. Maybe a dust devil is involved.

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