This is a close-up view of the zones where the soil at Curiosity's landing site was blown away by the thrusters on the rover's descent stage. The excavation of the soil reveals probable bedrock outcrop.
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Rocket Thrusters Expose Bedrock

This is a close-up view of the zones where the soil at Curiosity's landing site was blown away by the thrusters on the rover's descent stage. The excavation of the soil reveals probable bedrock outcrop. This is important because it shows the shallow depth of the soil in this area. The area surrounding the zones of excavation shows abundant small rocks that may form a pavement-like layer above harder bedrock.

This full-resolution image was taken by the rover's Navigation camera.

Image details

ID#:
PIA16025

Date added:
2012-08-08

Target:
Mars

Mission:
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)

Spacecraft:
Curiosity

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PIA16025.tif (0.92 MB)

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PIA16025.jpg (0.11 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech