The Northwest Floor of Gale Crater

West of the Curiosity landing site, this image along the northwestern floor of Gale Crater is between Aeolis Mons (informally called “Mt. Sharp”) and the crater rim.

A small, 5 kilometer-diameter impact crater to the west created lobes of ejecta. These light-toned deposits may contain hydrated minerals .

Written by: Sharon Wilson (audio: Tre Gibbs)   (9 March 2016)

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona