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10.03.2016

Martian Mesas in 'Murray Buttes' Area, Sol 1434

The two prominent mesas in this view of Mars' "Murray Buttes" region from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover are about 260 feet (about 80 meters) apart.

The top of the one on the left is about 26 feet (about 8 meters) above the surrounding plain and about 330 feet (about 100 meters) from Curiosity's position when the rover acquired this view on Aug. 18, 2016, during the 1,434th Martian day, or sol, of its work Mars.

The component images of this mosaic were taken by the right-eye camera of the rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam), which has a telephoto lens.

The mesa on the right is about 33 feet (about 10 meters) high. The top of it is about 270 feet (about 82 meters) from the rover. Upper Mount Sharp is the salmon-hued mound dominating the horizon between the scene's two prominent mesas.

The left edge of this view is east-northeast from the rover; the right edge is southeast. The rover's location when it recorded this scene was the site it reached in its Sol 1433 drive. (See map at http://mars.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/?ImageID=7999.)

The scene is presented with a color adjustment that approximates white balancing, to resemble how the rocks and sand would appear under daytime lighting conditions on Earth.

Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, built and operates Mastcam. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech, in Pasadena, California, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, and built the project's Curiosity rover. For more information about Curiosity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.nasa.gov/msl.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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