This image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows the northwestern floor and rim of Gale crater on Mars. A channel dissects the rim, and the edge of the central mound is visible in the bottom right corner.

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This VIS image shows the northwestern floor and rim of Gale crater. A channel dissects the rim in this image, and the edge of the central mound is visible in the bottom right corner. Gale Crater is the targeted location for the MSL lander that will shortly arrive at Mars.

Orbit Number: 46072 Latitude: -4.53472 Longitude: 137.296 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2012-05-03 17:29

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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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