Tag Archives: Peace Vallis

Curiosity update: Layers of fun!

Sol 1927-28, January 5, 2017, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: Today’s image is a color version of part of the workspace image from the Sol 1925-1926 blog, which shows in greater detail the numerous layers and color variations that … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Peace Vallis alluvial fan in Gale Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 22, 2016. Today’s false color image shows part of Gale Crater. Gale Crater is the home of the Curiosity Rover. The channel descending from the rim rocks at top is called Peace Vallis, and a … Continue reading

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Lakes in Gale Crater, post-Mt. Sharp

The sequence and timing of transient lakes in Gale Crater are important to understanding the delta deposits found by Curiosity on Gale’s floor. Writing in the Journal of Geophyscial Research, a team of scientists led by Marisa Palucis (California Institute … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Locating RMI’s ‘distant deposits’

Sol 1264, February 25, 2016. The red boxes on two Navcam images outline the locations of two recent RMI mosaics seen here. Taken at long range by the rover’s Remote Micro-Imager, the mosaics show deposits far away to the north … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Looking at distant deposits

Sol 1263, February 24, 2016. The ChemCam’s Remote Micro-Imager shot two long-range, multi-frame views showing features of the terrain at the foot of Gale Crater’s rim. One series of images centers almost due north (above, toward 355°), the other northwest … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Driving toward Naukluft Plateau

Sol 1262-63, February 22, 2016, update from USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: We’re gearing up for a nice long drive toward the “Naukluft Plateau” in today’s plan! The sol 1262 plan starts off with ChemCam of the bedrock targets “Gemsboktal” and … Continue reading

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When did water flow in Gale Crater?

The Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity, sent to find habitable environments, landed in Gale Crater on the far end of an alluvial fan. This fan spreads south across Gale’s floor from the north rim. It is built from sediments washed … Continue reading

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Well-rounded pebbles in Gale Crater’s rocks point to longtime stream flow

Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity landed in Gale Crater at a feature called Bradbury Rise, which lies near the far end of the Peace Vallis alluvial fan. The fan is a broad, flat deposit of sand, gravel, and pebbles washed … Continue reading

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