To whet our appetites for the extraordinary experience that will be the revelation of first the James Webb photos on July 12th, NASA has released a lovely photo of the Gale Crater on Mars. Here’e more from Astronomy Now:
This panorama was taken by the rover’s MastCam – from a ‘clay-bearing unit’ on the flank of Mount Sharp. The mountain’s mineralogy was heavily influenced by running water billions of years ago, when Gale crater was a lake, and the clay-rich material is a product of that water. Curiosity is now heading further up the slopes of the mountain, to a ‘sulphate-bearing unit’, which it will hopefully have reached by the time that you read this.
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