Here’s a wonderful new image from Mars, looking across Gale Crater, using the Mars Curiosity rover’s right NavCam. The rover captured this image on November 6, 2015, which was Sol 1,155 … the rover’s 1,155th day on Mars. The scene is certainly dried out, desiccated clay layers, laid down in the very remote past, approximately 4 billion years ago when Mars was much warmer and wetter, with a far denser atmosphere than now.
In the distance is the 15,900-foot-deep ((4,850-meter-deep) northern rim of Gale Crater.
The image was taken while Curiosity was within the Pahrump Hills on the floor of Gale Crater, which is within the what’s known as the Aeolis Quadrangle on Mars. The crater itself, by the way, is 96 miles (154 km) wide.
At the time this image was acquired, the Martian afternoon sun was 25.16 degrees above the western horizon on Mars.
Bottom line: Another great glimpse of the planet Mars – the world next door – from NASA’s Curiosity rover.
Andrew R. Brown, an avid follower of the space program, writes frequently about space topics for EarthSky. Over several years, he has also suggested observations that were carried out by imaging teams of some space missions. He has lives in Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom and works for local government, Kent County Council.