Gale Crater contains a large layered deposit, part of which is shown in this image captured by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft. This deposit is the target of the Curiosity Lander due to land in early August 2012.
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Gale Crater

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Gale Crater contains a large layered deposit, part of which is shown in today's VIS image. This deposit is the target of the Curiosity Lander due to land in early August 2012.

Orbit Number: 44524 Latitude: -4.64012 Longitude: 137.685 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2011-12-28 07:29

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Image details

ID#:
PIA15311

Date added:
2012-01-25

Target:
Mars

Mission:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Spacecraft:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Instruments:
Thermal Emission Imaging System

Size:
729 x 1556 pixels (width x height)

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL/ASU