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NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Views Striated Ground
by Staff Writers
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 03, 2014


This landscape scene photographed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows rows of rocks in the foreground and Mount Sharp on the horizon. Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech. For a larger version of this image please go here.

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has reached an area where orbital images had piqued researchers' interest in patches of ground with striations all oriented in a similar direction.

A close-up look at some of the striations from the rover's Navigation Camera gains extra drama by including Mount Sharp in the background.

The lower slopes of that layered mountain are the mission's long-term science destination.

The foreground rocks are in an outcrop called "Junda," which the rover passed during a drive of 328 feet (100 meters) on Feb. 19.

It paused during the drive to take the component images of the scene, then finished the day's drive.

A location still ahead, called "Kimberley," where researchers plan to suspend driving for a period of science investigations, also features ground with striations.

The image is online here

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