We now begin a traverse across Mt. Sharp moving from east to west. The layering of the material that comprises Mt. Sharp is visible in the bottom third of this image from NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft; showing the weathering that has affected Mt. Sharp.

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During the month of April Mars will be in conjunction relative to the Earth. This means the Sun is in the line-of-sight between Earth and Mars, and communication between the two planets is almost impossible. For conjunction, the rovers and orbiting spacecraft at Mars continue to operate, but do not send the data to Earth. This recorded data will be sent to Earth when Mars moves away from the sun and the line-of-sight between Earth and Mars is reestablished. During conjunction the THEMIS image of the day will be a visual tour of Gale Crater, the location of the newest rover Curiosity.

We now begin a traverse across Mt. Sharp moving from east to west. The layering of the material that comprises Mt. Sharp is visible in the bottom third of this image. This image also shows the weathering that has affected Mt. Sharp.

Orbit Number: 33941 Latitude: -5.32425 Longitude: 138.404 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2009-08-08 23:45

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.

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