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Curiosity Sol 343 Vista With 'Twin Cairns' on Route to Mount Sharp
Curiosity Sol 343 Vista With 'Twin Cairns' on Route to Mount Sharp (click to enlarge)
 
 

Curiosity Sol 343 Vista With 'Twin Cairns' on Route to Mount Sharp
Date: 1 Aug 2013

This scene combines seven images from the telephoto-lens camera on the right side of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The component images were taken between 11:39 and 11:43 a.m., local solar time, on 343rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (24 July 2013). That was shortly before Curiosity's Sol 343 drive of 33.7 m (111 feet). The rover had driven 62.4 m (205 feet) on Sol 342 to arrive at the location providing this vista. The center of the scene is toward the southwest.

A rise topped by two gray rocks near the center of the scene is informally named "Twin Cairns Island." It is about 30 m (100 feet) from Curiosity's position. The two gray rocks, combined, are about 3 m (10 feet) wide, as seen from this angle.

This mosaic has been white-balanced to show what the scene would look like under Earth lighting conditions, which is helpful in distinguishing and recognizing materials in the rocks and soil.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems



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