3d view of layered rock

February 9, 2018

The surface of the Martian rock target in this stereo image includes small hollows with a "swallowtail" shape characteristic of some gypsum crystals, most evident in the lower left quadrant. These hollows may have resulted from the original crystallizing mineral subsequently dissolving away. The view appears three-dimensional when seen through blue-red glasses with the red lens on the left.

The scene spans about 2.5 inches (6.5 centimeters). This rock target, called "Funzie," is near the southern, uphill edge of "Vera Rubin Ridge" on lower Mount Sharp. The stereo view combines two images taken from slightly different angles by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, with the camera about 4 inches (10 centimeters) above the target. Fig. 1 and Fig. 2 are the separate "right-eye" and "left-eye" images, taken on Jan. 11, 2018, during the 1,932nd Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars.

MAHLI was built by Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed and built the project's Curiosity rover.

More information about Curiosity is online at http://www.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/.




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