This image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows Gale Crater on Mars, the home of the Curiosity Rover.

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This VIS image shows much of the same location as yesterday's image. Gale Crater is the home of the Curiosity Rover. The rover landed in August of 2012 and has been exploring the crater for the past 6 Earth years (3 Mars years). The goal of the mission is to climb onto the layered deposit in the center of the crater to assess it's possible origins.

Orbit Number: 71424 Latitude: -4.66294 Longitude: 137.356 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2018-01-20 04:52

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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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