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Curiosity’s mesa-top view of Gale Crater

The view of Gale Crater from on top of Mont Mercou
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Cool image time! The photo above, reduced slightly to post here, was taken on April 14, 2021 by one of the navigation cameras on Curiosity. The rover was then and is still sitting on top of the twenty foot high outcrop dubbed Mont Mercou.

Last week I had posted a panorama made from images at this viewpoint looking south towards Mount Sharp. Today’s image is from the same place, but now looks north across the floor of Gale Crater at the areas that Curiosity had previously traveled. I think the smallest mesas on the left of this image are the Murray Buttes which Curiosity was traveling through back in 2016, but am not certain.

The mountains in the far distance are the rim of the crater, about 30 miles away.

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
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4 comments

  • Michael Mangold

    Mars needs Joshua trees.

  • Alex Andrite

    Hey M.M.,
    Mars has what it needs.
    It is a planet.

    Although Josuha trees and a nice sea coast line with in land Redwoods and gentle beaches might entice me.
    As long as the tides had a nice point break.
    I will need a recent tide book in order to consider further..

    Trees On !!

  • pawn

    What is it that makes these photographs so fascinating to me?
    There is nothing here but rocks and dust and sunlight and the work of countless millennia.
    The lunar photos are alien enough that I can “other” them.
    But there’s something about these Martian landscapes that it stirs the imagination.

  • Edward

    pawn asked: “What is it that makes these photographs so fascinating to me?

    Could it be that these pictures look much like an Earthly desert, whereas pictures from the Moon do not show a lit up sky?

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