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Mount Sharp on Mars from Curiosity Rover

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21/05/2013 - 08:30
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Rising above the present location of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, higher than any mountain in the 48 contiguous states of the United States, Mount Sharp is featured in this new image from NASA's Curiosity rover. It is a pair of mosaics assembled from dozens of telephoto images and shows Mount Sharp in dramatic detail. The component images were taken by the 100 mm focal length telephoto lens camera mounted on the right side of Curiosity's remote sensing mast, during the 45th Martian day of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 20, 2012). The location is also called Aeolis Mons, in the center of Gale Crater and it rises more than 3 miles (5 kilometers) above the crater floor location of Curiosity. The lower slopes remain a destination for the mission, though the rover will first spend many more weeks around a location called "Yellowknife Bay," where it has found evidence of a past environment favorable for microbial life.

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